June 10, 2009
Jefferson City, MO. - A St. Louis County jury has found Lujuan D. Tucker to be a sexually violent predator (SVP) and he has been committed to the Missouri Sexual Offender Treatment Center in Farmington, Attorney General Chris Koster announced. The judgment and commitment order was signed by Circuit Court Judge Gary M. Gaertner, Jr.
The Attorney General's Office pursued the commitment of Tucker as an SVP after he served a 5-year prison sentence. He pleaded guilty and was convicted in 2003 for statutory rape of a 12-year-old girl.
"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 127 sexually violent predators committed in Missouri.
Commitments are handled by the Public Safety Division in Koster's office.