May 21, 2010
Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster said today a Buchanan County jury found Robert R. Bunse, 34, to be a sexually violent predator. Bunse has been committed to the Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Service in Farmington. The judgment and commitment order was signed by Circuit Court Judge Daniel F. Kellogg.
The Attorney General's Office sought Bunse's commitment as a sexually violent predator after he served a 5-year prison sentence. He pled guilty and was convicted in 2005 for first-degree child molestation. Bunse's victim was a 6-year-old female.
"We must keep those who demonstrate a likelihood of committing 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 144 sexually violent predators have been committed in Missouri. This is the eighth commitment this year. Commitments are handled by the Public Safety Division in Koster's office.