A Dane County Circuit Court judge found probably cause that Allen F. Thomas, 44, is a sexually violent person, according to a release.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice filed a petition under the state’s sexual predator law against Thomas on June 21.

Under Wisconsin law, a person may be subject to a civil commitment when the person has been convicted of a sexually violent offense; he has a mental disorder, and is dangerous to others because the mental disorder makes it likely he will commit further acts of sexual violence, according to the release.

According to the DOJ petition, Thomas was convicted in Dane County on one count of child enticement-sexual contact.

Thomas was sentenced to 78 months confinement in the Wisconsin State Prison System and 10 years extended supervision, according to the release.

Thomas was scheduled to be discharged from the Department of Corrections June 25 but was detained to await trial on the petition.

The state’s petition alleges that Thomas suffers from a mental condition that predisposes him to engage in acts of sexual violence, according to the release.

A petition is only an allegation and a finding of probable cause only allows the state’s case to move forward, according to the release.