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DOJ seeks to commit sex offender for treatment

Published On: Dec 06 2012 03:56:01 PM CST
MADISON, Wis. -

The Wisconsin Department of Justice has filed a petition under the state's sexual predator law against Scott Traxler.

Sauk County Circuit Court Judge Patrick Taggart, after presiding over an evidentiary hearing, found probable cause that Traxler, 30, is a sexually violent person.

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, which was filed on June 22, Traxler was convicted of one count of first-degree sexual assault of a child in Sauk County Circuit Court on Sept. 14, 2000.

This offense is a sexually violent offense as defined by Wisconsin law, according to the DOJ.

On Sept. 14, 2000, Traxler received a withheld sentence. He received 60 months probation and 12 months jail time for his conviction. On June 22, 2006, Traxler's probation was revoked and he was sentenced to nine years confinement in the Wisconsin State Prison System and nine years extended supervision.

The state's petition alleges that Traxler suffers from mental conditions that predispose him to engage in acts of sexual violence. The petition also alleges that Traxler 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. Traxler 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, according to a DOJ news release.

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