August 11, 2009
Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster said a Boone County jury has found Larry J. Bemboom, 39, to be a sexually violent predator. Bemboom has been committed to the Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Service in Farmington. The judgment and commitment order was signed by Associate Circuit Judge Deborah Daniels.
The Attorney General's Office pursued the commitment of Bemboom as a sexually violent predator after he served a 5-year prison sentence. He pled guilty and was convicted in 2003 for first degree sexual assault and first degree deviate sexual assault. Bemboom previously pled guilty in Greene County in 1990 to indecent exposure and in Christian County in 1990 to three counts of indecent exposure. His victims in the indecent exposure convictions were ages between the ages of nine and 13.
"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. "It is important for individuals who are deemed sexually violent predators to get the help they need while the community is 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 130 sexually violent predators committed in Missouri, with 18 of those having occurred this year. Commitments are handled by the Public Safety Division in Koster's office.