Commitment proceedings for 3 time offender

Civil commitment proceedings have started for Randy Earl Hammermeister, 47, a man convicted three times of felony sex assault of children younger than 5 years old.

According to court records, Hammermeister, who currently resides at a Moose Lake correctional facility, has intermittently undergone sex offender treatment since 1980, following his first felony sex crime conviction involving a 4-year-old girl.

After his early release from a probationary sentence in 1982, he was charged and later convicted of intrafamilial sexual abuse in the 1st degree for molesting two boys, ages 3 and 5, and, at the age of 33, was convicted of criminal sexual conduct in the 2nd degree for sexually assaulting a 4-year-old.

Court records say Hammermeister, who has served in multiple correctional facilities, was diagnosed with pedophilia and a personality disorder, and showed an “utter lack of power to control sexual impulses.”

Hammermeister is the fourth civil commitment trial in Mower County for defendants believed to be “sexually dangerous” and/or “psychopathic personalities.”

The first two, 31-year-old Jeremy Neil Bartholomew and 52-year-old Don Edward Neff, were tried in August and committed indefinitely in September to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program in St. Peter, Minn. Bartholomew has a 60-day review Dec. 20.

Hammermeister was ordered to St. Peter until his trial, tentatively scheduled for February, according to court minutes from a hearing in Mower County Tuesday.

Scott Ronald Schmitz, 38, awaits his civil commitment trial, to take place Jan. 30 through Feb. 1, in St. Peter as well.

According to the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Mental Retardation, to confine someone indefinitely, the prosecution must prove that the individual engages in habitual misconduct in sexual matters and has an utter lack of power to control impulses, which result in dangers to other people.

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