THE WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE SEEKS TO COMMIT RANDALL LUOSTARI FOR TREATMENT

Nov 25 2014
THE WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE SEEKS TO COMMIT RANDALL LUOSTARI 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 Douglas County man.  The petition was filed on November 20, 2014, in Douglas County Circuit Court, and alleges that Randall W. Luostari (DOB 02/08/1953) is a sexually violent person and should be committed for treatment.  A probable cause hearing is scheduled before the Honorable Kelly J. Thimm 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, Luostari was convicted of: Count 1, Kidnapping; Count 2, First Degree Sexual Assault; Counts 3-6, Second Degree Sexual Assault; and Count 7, False Imprisonment on February 2, 1984.  On February 24, 1984, Luostari received 20 years confinement in the Wisconsin State Prison System on Count 1 and 20 years confinement in the Wisconsin State Prison System, consecutive to Count 1, on Count 2.  On Counts 3-6, Luostari received seven years confinement in the Wisconsin State Prison System on each count, consecutive to Counts 1-5.  On Count 7, Luostari received two years confinement in the Wisconsin State Prison System, consecutive to Counts 1-6.  Luostari is scheduled to be released from the Department of Corrections on November 25, 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 Luostari suffers from mental conditions that predispose him to engage in acts of sexual violence.  The petition also alleges that Luostari 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.  Luostari 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 Jeffrey Gabrysiak represents the state in this case.