Hartzog committed to state treatment facility for sex offenders

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

Tuesday’s case was the first Jimmy Ryce Act case tried in Washington County, and it proved no exception to Taylor’s record, with the four women and two men of the jury taking less than 25 minutes to come to a verdict, following a six-hour trial.

In closing arguments, Marsh pointed out that the state’s psychologists said there was a seven percent chance that Hartzog would reoffend in the next five years, based upon their studies and their finding that he is a diagnosed pedophile.

“That means there is a 93 percent chance that he won’t reoffend in the next five years,” Marsh told the jury. “His life expectancy might be less than his chance of reoffending.”

Taylor said that commitment was the best thing for Hartzog. “This isn’t a case of throwing away the key on someone, we want Mr. Hartzog to get the treatment he needs so he will no longer be a threat to society. We hope someday he can be released, but not until he gets the treatment and care that he needs.”

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