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Jury finds Janesville man sexually violent

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Gazette Staff
April 5, 2008
— A Rock County jury found a Janesville man with a history of sexually assaulting teenage girls to be a sexually violent person under Wisconsinís civil commitment law.

Owen Budd, 36, Janesville, was ordered committed to the Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center, Mauston, after a three-day jury trial earlier in the week, state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced Friday afternoon.


Budd was first committed as a sexually violent person in September 2006, but he won an appeal of that decision, so a new trial was ordered in November 2007.


Under Wisconsin law, a person may be subject to a civil commitment when he or she 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.


Budd was first convicted of a sex offense in 1993 in Rock County for having intercourse with a 14-year-old girl when he was 22. The victim became pregnant and later gave birth to a baby girl, according to the attorney generalís press release.


On parole and caring for a disabled friend in 1998, Budd engaged in sexual activity lasting a year, including intercourse, with his friendís 12-year-old daughter. Upon conviction, Buddís prison sentence was withheld, and he was placed on three years probation, according to the release.


Budd committed another sexual assault in January 2001 when he had sexual contact with a 15-year-old female to whom he was introduced by his 1998 victim. On Dec. 4, 2003, Budd was sentenced to serve two years in prison and three years extended supervision.


Budd was scheduled to be discharged from the state Department of Correctionsí custody in January 2006, but the corrections department recommended that the state Justice Department review Buddís case.


The justice department filed a petition Jan. 23, 2006, to commit Budd as a sexually violent person.


Budd is anticipated to be housed at the prison-like Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center to receive treatment. His commitment extends to when he is deemed to no longer be sexually violent.



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