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EUREKA, Ill., Oct 26, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- A 17-year-old Illinois woman has become the first female in the state to be declared a "sexually dangerous person" by the judicial system.

Prosecutors in Eureka, east of Peoria, waived a criminal hearing for Tammy Wheeler in a deal which calls for her to spend an indefinite time in prison, but also get help for her mental disorder, the Peoria Journal Star said Wednesday.

Wheeler admitted to police that while babysitting, she fondled a child and masturbated. An investigator said during a court hearing that Wheeler had admitted to abusing two other children.

"She stated ... that she needed help for her problem and that if released from custody she probably would molest children again," court records said.

Doctors and psychologists reported Wheeler suffers from chronic posttraumatic stress disorder, resulting from childhood physical and sexual abuse; obsessive compulsive disorder, with a primary obsession of sex with obsessive and recurrent sexual urges, arousal and fantasies; and mental retardation.


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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