Hartzog committed to state treatment facility for sex offenders

Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 08:02 AM.

Hartzog was incarcerated in the Department of Corrections until 2008, when he was released from prison, only to be detained in the state Civil Commitment Center pending treatment — nearly five years ago.

During the intervening years, Hartzog has not received treatment at the Civil Commitment Center, due to his failing health and a succession of lawyers who have tried to represent him in his fight against the state.

Marsh said she received the case in October. “I got it just in time to go to trial.”

The state has been committing individuals deemed “sexually violent predators” to incarceration and state-mandated treatment.

The evidence against Hartzog in Tuesday’s trial primarily consisted of the testimony of psychologists, based on evaluations that were performed on Hartzog in 2008, as well as the fact that Hartzog had indeed been convicted of sexual offenses in 2004.

Prosecuting Attorney Zachary Taylor of Panama City, an attorney with the law office Manuel and Thompson, said he is a former prosecutor and he works part time for the state prosecuting cases under the Jimmy Ryce Act of 1999, which is also known as the Jimmy Ryce Involuntary Civil Commitment for Sexually Violent Predators’ Treatment and Care Act.

Taylor said he as tried 13 of these commitment cases in the district over the past five or six years, mainly in Bay County, and he has won them all.

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