June 11, 2007
Springfield, Mo. — A Greene County jury on Wednesday (June 6) found Duewey Warren of Springfield to be a sexually violent predator (SVP) and committed him to the state treatment center in Farmington. Circuit Judge J. Dan Conklin signed the judgment and commitment order.
The office of Attorney General Jay Nixon sought to have Warren (DOB - 4/22/58) committed as an SVP due to his 1999 conviction in Greene County of 1st degree child molestation involving a nine-year old girl, for which he received five years in prison. After his release, Warren’s probation was revoked due to failure to abide by sex offender registration requirements, failure to complete sex offender treatment, and traveling out of state without advising his probation officer. In addition, Warren had admissions of prior victims over a 20-year period. A petition for civil commitment was filed March 4, 2005.
“My office will continue to aggressively pursue the indefinite commitment of those who still pose a threat to public safety,” 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 83 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.