November 30, 2009
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today a Greene County jury has found Richard J. Berg (DOB 12/02/53) to be a sexually violent predator. Berg has been committed to the Missouri Sexual Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Farmington. The judgment and commitment order was signed by Circuit Court Judge J. Dan Conklin.
The Attorney General’s Office pursued the commitment of Berg as a sexually violent predator after he served a 5-year prison sentence. Berg pled guilty and was convicted in 2000 to sexual abuse of a 13-year-old male.
“It is critical that we keep those who could commit further violent sexual acts off the streets and away from those they could harm,” Koster said. “As sexually violent predators, these offenders can get the help they need, and the community will be protected.”
Those committed by the court as sexually violent predators go into the custody of the Missouri Department of Mental Health. They have the right to have their cases reviewed annually to determine if their mental abnormality has changed, making them unlikely to commit further acts of sexual violence if released.
Currently, there are 135 sexually violent predators committed in Missouri, with 23 of those having occurred this year. Commitments are handled by the Public Safety Division in Koster’s office.