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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Announces Commitment of Allen F. Thomas to Treatment Under Chapter 980

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that Allen F. Thomas, 45, was committed in Dane County Circuit Court under Wisconsin’s civil commitment law (Chapter 980, Wis. Stats.) following a three-day jury trial in Madison.  Dane County Circuit Court Judge C. William Foust 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 DOJ petition, Thomas was convicted in Dane County on one count of Child Enticement-Sexual Contact.  Thomas was sentenced to 78 months confinement in the Wisconsin State Prison System and 10 years extended supervision.  Thomas also had been convicted of First Degree Sexual Assault of a Child in 1993, and Third Degree Sexual Assault in 1995. Thomas was scheduled to be discharged from the Department of Corrections on June 25, 2013, but was detained at a Department of Health Services facility to await trial on the petition.


Assistant Attorney General Rebecca R. Weise represents the state in this case.