Carl E. Kaminski – Violent Sexual Predator


WHITEHALL, Wis. — A man convicted of second-degree sexual assault of a child in 1996 has been found by a jury to be a sexually violent person, resulting in his indefinite commitment for treatment.

Carl E. Kaminski, 38, formerly of Blair, Wis., has already begun the appeals process in response to the verdict last Thursday in Trempealeau County Circuit Court, said public defender Albert Wabaunsee, who represented him, when contacted Monday night.

Kaminski had been scheduled for release from the Stanley Correctional Institution last May 24, but the Department of Justice petitioned to have him civilly committed under the state’s sexual predator law.

State lawyers argued that he has mental conditions predisposing him to engage in acts of sexual violence, and that his mental disorders make him likely to do so, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said in announcing the verdict.

Under the law, Kaminski can be committed until he is determined to no longer be a sexually violent person, Van Hollen noted. He said Kaminski will be kept at a secure treatment facility.

Kaminski pleaded guilty March 5, 1996, to second-degree sexual assault of a child in Trempealeau County, according to computerized state court records.

He was accused in January 1999 of third-degree sexual assault in Eau Claire County and his probation was revoked, but the case eventually was dismissed, Wabaunsee said. In 2003, Kaminski was accused in Chippewa County of second-degree sexual assault of a child, and his parole was revoked, but he was acquitted in a jury trial in 2004.

Both those cases were cited by the state during last week’s trial to determine if Kaminski should be committed, said Wabaunsee, who questioned the way the commitment law is being enforced.

“They are stretching the term ’sexually violent person’ to the extreme, I believe,” he said.

“They are keeping people in for 10 and 12 years while they’re ‘being treated,’ and they’re not releasing anybody,” he said. “Or if they’re being approved for release there’s no place for them to live because they’ve been branded a sexual predator.”

Published in: on December 25, 2007 at 1:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

Carl E. Kaminski – Violent Sexual Predator


WHITEHALL, Wis. — A man convicted of second-degree sexual assault of a child in 1996 has been found by a jury to be a sexually violent person, resulting in his indefinite commitment for treatment.

Carl E. Kaminski, 38, formerly of Blair, Wis., has already begun the appeals process in response to the verdict last Thursday in Trempealeau County Circuit Court, said public defender Albert Wabaunsee, who represented him, when contacted Monday night.

Kaminski had been scheduled for release from the Stanley Correctional Institution last May 24, but the Department of Justice petitioned to have him civilly committed under the state’s sexual predator law.

State lawyers argued that he has mental conditions predisposing him to engage in acts of sexual violence, and that his mental disorders make him likely to do so, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said in announcing the verdict.

Under the law, Kaminski can be committed until he is determined to no longer be a sexually violent person, Van Hollen noted. He said Kaminski will be kept at a secure treatment facility.

Kaminski pleaded guilty March 5, 1996, to second-degree sexual assault of a child in Trempealeau County, according to computerized state court records.

He was accused in January 1999 of third-degree sexual assault in Eau Claire County and his probation was revoked, but the case eventually was dismissed, Wabaunsee said. In 2003, Kaminski was accused in Chippewa County of second-degree sexual assault of a child, and his parole was revoked, but he was acquitted in a jury trial in 2004.

Both those cases were cited by the state during last week’s trial to determine if Kaminski should be committed, said Wabaunsee, who questioned the way the commitment law is being enforced.

“They are stretching the term ’sexually violent person’ to the extreme, I believe,” he said.

“They are keeping people in for 10 and 12 years while they’re ‘being treated,’ and they’re not releasing anybody,” he said. “Or if they’re being approved for release there’s no place for them to live because they’ve been branded a sexual predator.”

Published in: on December 25, 2007 at 1:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

Carl E. Kaminski – Violent Sexual Predator


WHITEHALL, Wis. — A man convicted of second-degree sexual assault of a child in 1996 has been found by a jury to be a sexually violent person, resulting in his indefinite commitment for treatment.

Carl E. Kaminski, 38, formerly of Blair, Wis., has already begun the appeals process in response to the verdict last Thursday in Trempealeau County Circuit Court, said public defender Albert Wabaunsee, who represented him, when contacted Monday night.

Kaminski had been scheduled for release from the Stanley Correctional Institution last May 24, but the Department of Justice petitioned to have him civilly committed under the state’s sexual predator law.

State lawyers argued that he has mental conditions predisposing him to engage in acts of sexual violence, and that his mental disorders make him likely to do so, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said in announcing the verdict.

Under the law, Kaminski can be committed until he is determined to no longer be a sexually violent person, Van Hollen noted. He said Kaminski will be kept at a secure treatment facility.

Kaminski pleaded guilty March 5, 1996, to second-degree sexual assault of a child in Trempealeau County, according to computerized state court records.

He was accused in January 1999 of third-degree sexual assault in Eau Claire County and his probation was revoked, but the case eventually was dismissed, Wabaunsee said. In 2003, Kaminski was accused in Chippewa County of second-degree sexual assault of a child, and his parole was revoked, but he was acquitted in a jury trial in 2004.

Both those cases were cited by the state during last week’s trial to determine if Kaminski should be committed, said Wabaunsee, who questioned the way the commitment law is being enforced.

“They are stretching the term ’sexually violent person’ to the extreme, I believe,” he said.

“They are keeping people in for 10 and 12 years while they’re ‘being treated,’ and they’re not releasing anybody,” he said. “Or if they’re being approved for release there’s no place for them to live because they’ve been branded a sexual predator.”

Published in: on December 25, 2007 at 1:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

Former Catholic priest James Hanley pleads guilty

New Jersey’s worst known clergy sex offender, Hanley was removed from the Catholic clergy five years ago. He later admitted in a sworn statement for a civil lawsuit that he sexually abused about a dozen child parishioners in Mendham and Pompton Plains between 1968 and 1982.

Former Catholic priest James Hanley pleads guilty on assault charges as part of plea agreement in Hudson Superior Court on October 24, 2007.

A judge today issued a bench warrant for the arrest of James Hanley after the former priest and admitted child molester failed to appear for his 9 a.m. sentencing on a weapons offense connected to a 2006 incident at a Secaucus hotel.

Hanley, 71, had pleaded guilty Oct. 24 to unlawful possession of a weapon, admitting he used an aluminum bat to intimidate three employees of the Extended Stay Hotel on march 10, 2006.

His lawyer, assistant public defender James Convery, said he was unaware of Hanley’s whereabouts and would not comment further.

Hanley had not been expected to receive any more jail time on the offense; he already spent a year in the Hudson County Jail awaiting trial. Missing today’s sentencing hearing could result in a new sentence with more prison time.

In late October, Hanley was released from custody on his own recognizance. Sentencing was originally set for Dec. 7, but Convery asked for a postponement, and the hearing was reset for 9 a.m. today. Judge Paul DePascale issued the warrant today at noon.

New Jersey’s worst known clergy sex offender, Hanley was removed from the Catholic clergy five years ago. He later admitted in a sworn statement for a civil lawsuit that he sexually abused about a dozen child parishioners in Mendham and Pompton Plains between 1968 and 1982.

Published in: on December 25, 2007 at 1:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Former Catholic priest James Hanley pleads guilty

New Jersey’s worst known clergy sex offender, Hanley was removed from the Catholic clergy five years ago. He later admitted in a sworn statement for a civil lawsuit that he sexually abused about a dozen child parishioners in Mendham and Pompton Plains between 1968 and 1982.

Former Catholic priest James Hanley pleads guilty on assault charges as part of plea agreement in Hudson Superior Court on October 24, 2007.

A judge today issued a bench warrant for the arrest of James Hanley after the former priest and admitted child molester failed to appear for his 9 a.m. sentencing on a weapons offense connected to a 2006 incident at a Secaucus hotel.

Hanley, 71, had pleaded guilty Oct. 24 to unlawful possession of a weapon, admitting he used an aluminum bat to intimidate three employees of the Extended Stay Hotel on march 10, 2006.

His lawyer, assistant public defender James Convery, said he was unaware of Hanley’s whereabouts and would not comment further.

Hanley had not been expected to receive any more jail time on the offense; he already spent a year in the Hudson County Jail awaiting trial. Missing today’s sentencing hearing could result in a new sentence with more prison time.

In late October, Hanley was released from custody on his own recognizance. Sentencing was originally set for Dec. 7, but Convery asked for a postponement, and the hearing was reset for 9 a.m. today. Judge Paul DePascale issued the warrant today at noon.

New Jersey’s worst known clergy sex offender, Hanley was removed from the Catholic clergy five years ago. He later admitted in a sworn statement for a civil lawsuit that he sexually abused about a dozen child parishioners in Mendham and Pompton Plains between 1968 and 1982.

Published in: on December 25, 2007 at 1:11 pm  Leave a Comment