SALT LAKE CITY -- A state criminal justice committee has begun considering changes to Utah's civil commitment law that would close a legal loophole that allowed a convicted sex offender go free.
Lonnie Johnson was released from the Utah State Hospital in April after judges said he was incompetent for trial, but did not meet the legal criteria for civil commitment.
Johnson suffers from a cognitive disorder. He's charged in 4th District Court with nearly two dozen sex crimes. A competency review hearing is set for November.
Under Utah law, a person must be considered a danger to themselves or others to qualify for civil commitment.
The Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice subcommittee met Monday to consider how the law might be changed.
A bill proposal could be presented to lawmakers in 2012.