The Wisconsin Department of Justice Seeks to Commit Larry Whiteeagle for Treatment

Nov 25 2014
The Wisconsin Department of Justice Seeks to Commit Larry Whiteeagle for Treatment

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 Juneau County man.  The petition was filed on November 20, 2014, in Juneau County Circuit Court, and alleges that Larry Whiteeagle (DOB 05/14/1946) is a sexually violent person and should be committed for treatment.  A probable cause hearing is scheduled before the Honorable Paul S. Curran on December 4, 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, Whiteeagle pleaded guilty to one count of First Degree Sexual Assault of a Child on July 19, 2000.  On January 11, 2001, Whiteeagle received 15 years confinement in the Wisconsin State Prison System.  Whiteeagle is scheduled to be released from the Department of Corrections on November 26, 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 Whiteeagle suffers from mental conditions that predispose him to engage in acts of sexual violence.  The petition also alleges that Whiteeagle is dangerous as his mental disorders make 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.  Whiteeagle 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 Angelina Gabriele represents the state in this case.