United States v. Wetmore, No. 11-1626 (1st Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
Appellant served several prison terms for sex-related crimes. Before Appellant was released from custody in the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), the federal government commenced the effort to have him certified as a sexually dangerous person and to commit him civilly under the Adam Walsh Act. The federal district court determined that Appellant met the conditions for certification as a sexually dangerous person and ordered him civilly committed. The First Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed, holding (1) Appellant was legitimately in BOP custody when the commitment proceeding began, as required by statute; and (2) the district court correctly found that Appellant suffered from the requisite mental disorder and that he satisfied the statutory dangerousness test.