April 27, 2009
Jefferson City, MO. -- A Reynolds County jury has found Kevin A. Pogue 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 Associate Circuit Court Judge Edith R. Rutter.
The Attorney General's Office pursued the commitment of Pogue, 38, as an SVP after he completed a 6-year prison sentence. He pleaded guilty and was convicted in 2002 for child molestation of a girl multiple times while she was between the ages of 11 months and four years.
"We must do everything in our power to ensure that children are protected from those who would prey on them," Koster said. "Keeping people who are likely to commit further sexually violent acts out of the community both protects our citizens and allows treatment for the offender."
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 124 sexually violent predators committed in Missouri. Commitments are handled by the Public Safety Division in Koster's office.