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Attorney General's News Release

July 14, 2010

Cole County jury commits man as Sexually Violent Predator

Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster said today a Cole County jury has found Edward Smith, 64, to be a sexually violent predator. Smith has been committed to the Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Service in Farmington. The judgment and commitment order was signed by Circuit Court Judge Jon Beetem.

The Attorney General's Office pursued the commitment of Smith as a sexually violent predator after he served a 20-year prison sentence. Smith pled guilty in 1988 to forcible rape of a woman with her three-year-old daughter present. Smith previously was sentenced to five years for attempted rape in Pulaski County in 1983, and in 1980, he was sentenced to three years in Pulaski County for sexual assault. He was arrested but not convicted on two separate rapes in 1975 and 1980.

"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.

Sexually Violent Predator commitments are handled by the Public Safety Division in Koster's office.

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