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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that Jamie Lane Stephenson was committed in Dunn County Circuit Court under Wisconsin's civil commitment law (Chapter 980, Wis. Stats.) following a court trial. Dunn County Circuit Court Judge Rod W. Smeltzer presided over the case.
Chapter 980 of the Wisconsin Statutes relates to the control, care, and treatment of sexually violent persons. Under Wisconsin law, a person may be subject to a civil commitment when the person has been convicted of a sexually violent offense, has a mental disorder, and is dangerous to others because the mental disorder makes it likely he or she will commit further acts of sexual violence. A civil commitment is defined in Wisconsin law as commitment to the custody and care of the Department of Health Services for control, care, and treatment until the person is no longer considered sexually violent.
Jamie Lane Stephenson was convicted in 2009 in Dunn County of Second Degree Sexual Assault of a Child. Stephenson was sentenced to two years in the Wisconsin State Prison System and four years extended supervision. The Wisconsin Department of Justice filed a petition against Stephenson in April of 2011. The state's petition alleges that Stephenson suffers from a mental condition that predisposes him to engage in acts of sexual violence. The petition also alleges that Stephenson is dangerous as his mental disorder makes it likely that he will engage in future acts of sexual violence.
Stephenson was scheduled to be released from the Department of Corrections on April 19, 2011. After the commitment petition was filed by the state, he was instead transferred to secure custody in a Department of Health Services institution while awaiting resolution of the court proceedings. Assistant Attorney General David Wambach represents the state in this case.