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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Announces Commitment of Darin Krause Under Chapter 980

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that Darin Krause, 48, was committed in Richland County Circuit Court under Wisconsin’s civil commitment law (Chapter 980, Wis. Stats.) following his stipulation to the commitment.  Circuit Court Judge Michael J. Rosborough 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.


According to the Department of Justice petition, Krause was convicted of one count of First Degree Sexual Assault-Use of a Dangerous Weapon and was sentenced to nine years confinement in the Wisconsin State Prison System and nineteen years extended supervision.  Krause was to be discharged from the Department of Corrections on June 12, 2012, but was detained at a Department of Health Services facility pending resolution of the court proceedings.


Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey M. Gabrysiak represents the state in this case.