AG Hawley Announces Sexually Violent Predator Commitment

Oct 12, 2017, 13:17 PM
Oct 12, 2017, 13:16 PM

Jefferson City, Mo.  – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced the sexually violent predator commitment of Jamie B. McPherson, 71, of Independence. McPherson has a decades-long history of molesting prepubescent boys and girls and at one point admitted he'd had over 100 child victims of either molestation, sodomy, or sexual contact.  

McPherson often met his victims through his job as a postman in Lexington, Missouri during the 1980s and 1990s. After being reported for touching a child on his route but not arrested in 1996, McPherson eventually retired and relocated to Independence where he used his role as a deacon in his church and a Boy Scout leader to lure young boys into his home to sleep in his bed, shower with him, and eventually be orally sodomized. In 2008, while under investigation for molestation, McPherson, then 61, sexually assaulted a 12-year old girl at a YMCA pool. When arrested, investigations revealed a half-dozen boys were sodomized, ranging in ages from 5 to 9, including a special needs child. Numerous other boys and girls reported some form of sexual contact. 

In 2010, a judge placed McPherson on probation despite warnings by probation and parole officials. The probation was subsequently revoked after he was caught with life-sized child dolls that were replicas of two of his prior victims, playing with a child at a bus stop, and being terminated from sex offender treatment. Despite multiple efforts at treatment from 2010 to 2017, McPherson continued to manifest beliefs that all of his child victims created the ideas to make him abuse them and that he had never intentionally acted upon a victim. In 2017, when it appeared McPherson would again be released into the community, the Attorney General’s Office filed a suit to instead commit him to a secure mental health facility. 

“Those who abuse Missouri’s most vulnerable citizens will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Hawley said. “This commitment is necessary because of Mr. McPherson’s substantial history of repeated abuse and his failure to complete sex offender treatment. Jackson County is safer because of this commitment.”   

McPherson will remain in a secure facility under the care of the Department of Mental Health until such time as he is safe to be at large. The case was tried by Assistant Attorney Generals Monty Platz and Locke Thompson in Jackson County.