Douglas County DA: charges will not be filed in 'immediate future' in Closs case

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Douglas County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday that as of now it will not be filing a criminal complaint against Jake Patterson, the man charged with the kidnapping of Jayme Closs and murder of her parents.

Jake Thomas Patterson 21, was arrested on kidnapping & 1st degree murder charges after Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs was found alive, Photo Date: Undated / Photo: Barron County Sheriff's Department / (MGN)

Jake Patterson is charged in an Oct. 15 attack at the Closs home in northwestern Wisconsin. Jayme escaped Jan. 10 from a cabin in Douglas County after 88 days in captivity.

The Attorney’s Office did say it retains the right to charge Patterson in the future.

The announcement is significant because it could mean that details of any abuse Jayme suffered while in captivity may be kept private.

Barron County District Attorney's Office has filed a criminal complaint against Patterson.

“A prosecutor’s decision whether to file criminal charges involves the consideration of multiple factors, including the existence of other charges and victim-related concern,” the Office said in a press release.

“Patterson is presumed innocent of all charges unless and until he is proven guilty in a court of law,” the Office added.