Violent sex offender returned to institution

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Darryl Enriquez
Saturday, September 25, 2010
— A former Walworth County man convicted of multiple sex crimes and parole violations was returned this week to a state mental health institution after a three-day trial in which he was found to be sexually violent and mentally unstable.

Scott R. Schmidt, 47, formerly of Elkhorn, was convicted in 1991 of false imprisonment, intimidation of a witness and four counts of first-degree sexual assault. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison and scheduled for release July 7, 2009.

Last year, the state Attorney Generalís Office petitioned to keep Schmidt detained in a mental institution, claiming he is sexually violent.

Assistant Attorney General Erik Peterson filed a petition in Walworth County Court to keep Schmidt locked up. Schmidt has a mental disorder that makes him engage in sexual violence and causes him difficulty in controlling his behavior, according to the petition.

Judge John R. Race presided over the case. Schmidt is expected to be sent to the Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center in Mauston for treatment.

In 1994, Schmidt admitted he had raped five women, touched 10 women inappropriately, exposed himself to four female victims and watched 20 to 30 women undress, use the bathroom or engage in sexual acts, according to state records.

Schmidt was released from prison in 2003 but violated parole three times in 2004 and twice in 2008. He was sent back to prison.

A state Department of Corrections psychologist reported Schmidt was likely to re-offend because of his lifelong personality disorder and sexually obsessiveness, according to the petition.

Last updated: 2:52 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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