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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 Monroe County man. On April 15, 2014, the petition was filed in Monroe County Circuit Court, alleging that Charles Brabant (DOB 12/14/1959) is a sexually violent person and should be committed for treatment. A probable cause hearing is scheduled before the Honorable J. David Rice on May 5, 2014.
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 May 18, 1992, Brabant was convicted of one count of First Degree Sexual Assault (count 1), one count of First Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Use of a Dangerous Weapon (count 3), and two counts of Battery, Use of a Dangerous Weapon (counts 4 and 5) in Monroe County Case No. 92-CF-02. On June 30, 1992, Brabant received 20 years confinement in the Wisconsin State Prison System on count one, nine years consecutive confinement in the Wisconsin State Prison System on count three, 15 months confinement in the local jail on count four, and 15 months confinement in the local jail on count five. The prison term was ordered to be served consecutive to the prison term issued in Monroe County Case No. 86-CF-31. The jail term was ordered to run concurrently with the 29 years in the Wisconsin State Prison System. Brabant is scheduled to be released from the Department of Corrections on April 22, 2014, but will be detained at a Department of Health Services facility to await further proceedings on the petition.
The state’s petition alleges that Brabant suffers from a mental condition that predisposes him to engage in acts of sexual violence. The petition also alleges that Brabant is dangerous as 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. Brabant 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 David W. Maas represents the state in this case.