Under the state's sexual predator law, sex offenders can be involuntarily committed to a secure treatment facility after completing their criminal sentences if they are determined to be dangerous and likely to reoffend.
Near the end of Thomas' prison term in the 1992 case, a psychologist for the state Department of Corrections concluded that Thomas was not a sexual predator and should be released. The Racine County district attorney's office disagreed and hired its own psychologist, who concluded that Thomas should be held as a sexual predator.
Thomas' lawyers appealed, and the state Supreme Court ruled in Thomas' favor in early December 1999.At that time, the following were members of SCOWI:
Abrahamson. Bradley. Crooks. Prosser. Bablitch. Roggensack. Sykes.
Who cares what happened in 1999?
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A man with a history of sexual assaults dating back to the 1960s who avoided civil commitment as a sexual predator more than 10 years ago was arrested Saturday in connection with the slaying of a Lake Geneva woman.
Wilbert Thomas, 65, of Racine was arrested on charges of first-degree intentional homicide, robbery by use of force and two counts of bail jumping.
Abrahamson, Bradley, and Bablitch voted to free Thomas. Prosser did not participate. Sykes, Crooks, and Wilcox voted to commit him.