Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Announces Commitment of Jones to Treatment Under Chapter 980

Oct 2 2014
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Announces Commitment of Jones to Treatment Under Chapter 980
 

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that Anthony Jones, 55, was committed in Dane County Circuit Court under the state’s sexually violent person law.

Dane County Circuit Court Judge Rhonda Lanford ordered Jones’s commitment after a jury found that Jones met the criteria for commitment under the Wisconsin's sexually violent person law.  Jones was ordered committed to the custody of the Department of Health Services for the purpose of sex offender treatment and control.

Jones was convicted in 1993 of three counts of second-degree sexual assault in Dane County for the forcible sexual assault of a woman in Madison.

 

The state’s petition alleged that Jones suffers from a mental condition that predisposes him to engage in acts of sexual violence.  The petition also alleged that Jones is dangerous because his mental disorder makes 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.

Jones was scheduled to be released from prison on August 13, 2013.  After the commitment petition was filed by the state, he was transferred to secure custody in a Department of Health Services institution while awaiting resolution of the court proceedings.

Assistant Attorney General Gary A. Freyberg prosecuted the case for the state.