AG Hawley Announces SVP Commitment

May 29, 2018, 11:09 AM
May 29, 2018, 11:08 AM

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that John R. Davidson, 46, formerly of Kansas City, has been committed as a sexually violent predator. Davidson has a twenty-year history of sexually abusing young children.  

In 1998, Davidson was arrested for committing a lewd act at a public pool while watching young girls swim. He later confessed to searching through dumpsters for soiled child diapers into which to commit a lewd act. Davidson also admitted molesting a 5-year old boy as a juvenile. In 2001, he was caught repeatedly looking into windows of people’s homes and committing a lewd act. Davidson repeatedly molested and sodomized a 4-year old boy and received a 15-year sentence, in 2002. Despite treatment efforts, Davidson continued to assert the 4-year old victim initiated the sexual contact and wanted the victimization after he made the child watch pornography.   

In 2013, Davidson was terminated from sex offender treatment for lack of progress. In 2017, when Davidson was eligible to be released into the community, the Missouri Attorney General filed a petition to instead commit Davidson as a predator. Davidson will remain in a secure Department of Mental Health facility for care, control, and treatment until he is safe to be at large. 

“Those who continue to prey on Missouri’s most vulnerable will be removed from our communities,” Hawley said. “I am grateful to those who fight each day to keep our communities safe.” 

Davidson is the 5th person committed under the SVP Act this year. This case was handled by Assistant Attorney General Aaron Maness. The Honorable Mark Styles signed the order.