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State commits Wood County man as sexually violent individual

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WSAU) – A judge has ruled there’s enough evidence that a convicted sex offender from Wood County is a sexually violent person.

56-year-old John Smith Junior will remain in jail until the state finds him to be no longer sexually violent.

Smith was convicted in 1992 of five counts of first-degree sexual assault. He was due to be released in February 2011 after serving a 20-year prison sentence. But the attorney general’s office filed a petition asking that Smith be committed under the state’s sexual violence law.

Witnesses and doctors testified during a two day court trial Monday and Tuesday. A judge ruled that there was enough evidence to prove Smith was a danger to society and was to be held until he was no longer a danger.

He's been turned over to the department of health services to be held at a state facility.

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