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The Wisconsin Department of Justice Seeks to Commit Matthew S. Carr for Treatment


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 was filed on May 23, 2013, in Sauk County Circuit Court and alleges that Matthew S. Carr (DOB 11/27/1981) is a sexually violent person and should be committed for treatment. A probable cause hearing is scheduled before the Honorable Patrick Taggart on June 4, 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 October 14, 2011, Carr pled guilty to one count of Third Degree Sexual Assault and was sentenced to 30 months confinement in the Wisconsin State Prison System and 42 months extended supervision. Carr was scheduled to be discharged from the Department of Corrections on May 28, 2013, but will be detained at a Department of Health Services facility to await trial on the petition.


The state’s petition alleges that Carr suffers from mental conditions that predispose him to engage in acts of sexual violence. The petition also alleges that Carr 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. Carr 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 Jeffrey M. Gabrysiak represents the state in this case.