MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - A jury in Milwaukee will decide Wednesday whether a pedophile will be released without supervision. 36-year-old Shawn Schulpius has been getting treatment at the Sand Ridge state mental health center in Mauston. He was committed in 1995, after he finished a prison term for molesting a 4-year-boy in ’91. Schulpius was granted a supervised release in 1997 and ’99, but he never left Sand Ridge because officials could not find an appropriate halfway house in Milwaukee County. The State Supreme Court said the judge in the case violated the man’s right to due process – but the court also said it became irrelevant after the judge decided in 2000 that Schulpius could no longer have a supervised release. Now, his attorney says Schulpius has learned to control his sexual urges, and he deserves his freedom. But the state says he needs more treatment. Officials say 60 patients have been released from post-prison mental commitments over the last 16 years – and 18 others are under supervision in their hometowns.
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