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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that Sheboygan County Circuit Court Judge Timothy M. Van Akkeren, after presiding over an evidentiary hearing, found probable cause that Jeremy Brand, 33, is a sexually violent person. The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a petition under the state’s sexual predator law against Jeremy Brand on May 13, 2013.
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, on January 23, 1997, Brand was convicted in Sheboygan County on count two: Second Degree Sexual Assault of Child and count three: Second Degree Sexual Assault of Child. Brand was sentenced to ten years probation, sentence withheld, and six months jail time. On December 10, 1999, Brand was sentenced to seven years confinement in the Wisconsin State Prison System on count two and seven years in the Wisconsin State Prison System on count three, consecutive to count two, following revocation of his probation. Brand was scheduled to be discharged from the Department of Corrections on May 16, 2013, but was detained at a Department of Health Services facility to await trial on the petition.
The state’s petition alleges that Brand suffers from mental conditions that predispose him to engage in acts of sexual violence. The petition also alleges that Brand 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. Brand 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 Weise represents the state in this case.