March 6, 2007
Jefferson City, Mo.— A Jackson County judge on Friday (March 2) found Darrell Fleming of Kansas City to be a sexually violent predator (SVP) and committed him to the state treatment center in Farmington. Probate Judge Kathleen A. Forsyth signed the judgment and commitment order.
The office of Attorney General Jay Nixon sought to have Fleming (DOB— 7/24/43) committed as an SVP when he was scheduled to be released from prison on his 1993 conviction on 1st degree sexual abuse involving a 4-year old girl in Jackson County. Fleming also had a conviction for kidnapping, and a previous conviction for 1st degree sexual abuse. A petition for civil commitment was filed Oct. 14, 2004.
“My office will continue to aggressively pursue the indefinite commitment of those who still pose a danger to society,” Nixon said. “While they are committed, these offenders 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 81 sexually violent predators held in civil 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.