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Attorney General's News Release

September 28, 2009

Ralls County Man Committed as Sexually Violent Predator

Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster said today a Ralls County jury has found Raymond W. Kinder, 54, to be a sexually violent predator. Kinder has been committed to the Sexual Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Farmington. The judgment and commitment order was signed by Associate Circuit Judge Michael P. Wilson.

The Attorney General's Office pursued the commitment of Kinder as a sexually violent predator after he served a 7-year prison sentence. Following investigation and prosecution by the Ralls County Sheriff's Department and Prosecuting Attorney, Kinder pled guilty and was convicted in 2001 to first degree child molestation of a 4-year-old female. Kinder previously pled guilty in Boone County in 1987 to sodomizing a 7-year-old female and in 1985 and 1983 to indecent exposure.

"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 132 sexually violent predators committed in Missouri, with 20 of those having occurred this year. Commitments are handled by the Public Safety Division in Koster's office.

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