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Larry, here at Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center, left the facility this past December on supervised release. He was confined for 19 years, most of them after he completed his criminal sentence for a sexual assault. He said he considers the commitment law “double jeopardy,” as offenders face a civil trial after they complete their criminal sentences. (Nora G. Hertel/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism)

State freeing more sex offenders from mental lockup

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A Douglas County jury Thursday found a Superior man who was released from the state’s Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center in 2010 guilty of three counts of incest and one count of sexual exploitation of a child. Richard Ellery Morisett Jr., 36, faces life imprisonment on each of the incest charges, based on him being repeat offender. Sentencing is scheduled for April 1. Four additional felony charges in connection with a separate teen victim have not been tried. According to the criminal complaint: Morisett had a 15-year-old perform oral sex on him three times in the spring of 2013. The Superior man also videotaped the teen masturbating and performing oral sex on him. Morisett was convicted of second-degree sexual assault of a child Nov. 6, 1998. He was also convicted of first-degree sexual assault of a child in 1996, according to court records. In both cases, he performed oral sex on 6-year-old girls known by him, according to information released by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department. The Superior man served every day of an eight-year sentence for the 1998 sex assault conviction. In 2006, he was committed to Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center under Chapter 980 of Wisconsin statutes. Chapter 980 was established to allow institutionalization of those convicted of sexually violent crimes deemed likely to re-offend. The Superior man was released from the center in 2010. In 2011, Morisett was convicted of moving to Superior from South Range without notifying authorities. He pleaded no contest to one count of sex registry violation, and was sentenced to two days in jail and court costs totaling $530.

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