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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that James Hinkle, 37, was committed in Racine County Circuit Court under Wisconsin’s civil commitment law (Chapter 980, Wis. Stats.) following his stipulation to the commitment. Circuit Court Judge Timothy D. Boyle 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, Hinkle was convicted in Racine County of Second Degree Sexual Assault of a Child. Hinkle was sentenced to 12 years in the Wisconsin State Prison System. Hinkle was convicted again in 1999 in Racine County of Second Degree Sexual Assault of a Child. Hinkle was sentenced to six more years consecutive to the previous sentence in the Wisconsin State Prison System. Hinkle was discharged from the Department of Corrections on September 18, 2012, but was detained at a Department of Health Services facility pending resolution of the court proceedings.
Assistant Attorney General Rebecca Weise represents the state in this case.