September 27, 2006
Jefferson City, Mo. — An Adair County judge has ruled that a man previously found to be a sexually violent predator, or SVP, will remain in commitment at a state treatment center. William Carter (DOB - 11/23/70) had filed a petition seeking release from the treatment center in Farmington, where he was committed as an SVP after a jury trial in August 2003. Attorney General Jay Nixon's office opposed the release.
Associate Circuit Judge Kristie J. Swaim, who oversees probate matters in Adair County, issued an order denying Carter's motion on Sept. 21.
“My office will seek the continued commitment of those who still pose a danger to society,” Nixon said. “While they are committed, these individuals can get the treatment they need.”
Those committed by the court as sexually violent predators have the right to have their cases reviewed to determine if their mental abnormality has so changed that they are not likely to commit acts of sexual violence if released.
Currently, there are 79 sexually violent predators in commitment in Missouri. Sexually violent predator commitments are handled by the Public Safety Division in Nixon's office. Missouri's sexually violent predator law took effect in January 1999.