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Van Hollen Announces Commitment of Waggoner to Treatment Under Chapter 980


MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that Christopher Waggoner, 44, was committed in Monroe County Circuit Court under the state's sexually violent person law.


Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Michael J. McAlpine ordered Waggoner's commitment after Waggoner waived his right to trial and stipulated to commitment under the Wisconsin's sexually violent person law.   Waggoner was ordered committed to the custody of the Department of Health Services for the purpose of sex offender treatment and control.


Waggoner was convicted in 1996 of one count of first degree sexual assault of a child, one count of second degree sexual assault and three counts of second degree sexual assault of a child for sexually assaulting a five-year-old girl, two thirteen-year-old girls, and a fourteen-year-old girl.


The state's petition alleged that Waggoner suffers from mental conditions that predispose him to engage in acts of sexual violence.  The petition also alleges that Waggoner is dangerous as his mental disorders make it likely that he will engage in future acts of sexual violence. 


Chapter 980 of the Wisconsin Statues 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. 


Waggoner was scheduled to be released from prison on March 31, 2009.  After the commitment petition was filed by the state he was instead transferred to secure custody in a Department of Health Services institution while awaiting resolution of the court proceedings.


Assistant Attorney General Barbara Oswald prosecuted the case for the state.