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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a petition under the state's sexual predator law against a Sauk County man. The petition that was filed on June 22, 2012, in Sauk County Circuit Court alleges that Scott Traxler (DOB 02/26/1982) is a sexually violent person and should be committed for treatment. A probable cause hearing is scheduled before the Honorable James Evenson on July 2, 2012.
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.
According to the DOJ petition, Traxler was convicted of one count of First Degree Sexual Assault of a Child, in violation of Wis. Stat. §948.02(1) in Sauk County Case No.00-CF-156 on September 14, 2000. This offense is a sexually violent offense as defined in Wis.Stat.§980.01(6)(a) and (c). On September 14, 2000, Traxler received a withheld sentence. He received 60 months probation and 12 months jail time for his conviction in CaseNo.00-CF-156. On June 22, 2006, Traxler's probation was revoked and he was sentenced to nine years confinement in the Wisconsin State Prison System and nine years extended supervision.
The state's petition alleges that Traxler suffers from mental conditions that predispose him to engage in acts of sexual violence. The petition also alleges that Traxler is dangerous as his mental disorders make it likely that he will engage in future acts of sexual violence. A petition is only an allegation and a finding of probable cause only allows the state's case to move forward. Traxler is legally presumed not to be a sexually violent person unless and until the state proves him to be a sexually violent person at a trial.
Assistant Attorney General Rebecca R. Weise represents the state in this case.