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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today Kenosha County Circuit Judge Mary Kay Wagner, after presiding over an evidentiary hearing, found probable cause that Sebastian Parker, 29, is a sexually violent person. The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a petition under the state’s sexual predator law against Parker on September 25, 2013. A status conference in this matter has been scheduled for January 31, 2014, at 9:00 a.m.
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, Parker was convicted of two counts of Child Abuse-Intentionally Cause Harm (counts one and two) and two counts of Fourth Degree Sexual Assault (counts three and four) in Kenosha County on April 23, 2007. Parker received a withheld sentence on all four counts and four years probation on count one, with four years probation, concurrent to count one, on counts two through four. Following the revocation of his probation, Parker was sentenced on May 6, 2008, to two years confinement in the Wisconsin State Prison System and three years extended supervision on counts one and two and nine months confinement in the Wisconsin State Prison System, consecutive, on counts three and four.
The state’s petition alleges that Parker suffers from a mental disorder that predisposes him to engage in acts of sexual violence. The petition also alleges that Parker is dangerous because his mental disorder makes 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. Parker 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 Eric D. Défort represents the state in this case.