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Attorney General's News Release

July 22, 2010

Jackson County men committed as Sexually Violent Predators

Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster said today Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Forsyth has found Terry James, 38, and Derrick Anthony Woodruff, 47, to be sexually violent predators.  Both men have been committed to the Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Service in Farmington.

The Attorney General's Office sought James's commitment as a sexually violent predator after he served a 20-year prison sentence.  He pled guilty and was convicted in 1994 for forcible sodomy of a 10-year-old.

Woodruff's commitment stems from a 1994 guilty plea to forcible rape, for which he was sentenced to 8 years in prison.  Woodruff also pled guilty to 2nd degree assault in 2003, receiving a 10-year sentence; burglary in 1989 and larceny in 1986 in Oklahoma, receiving a 5-year and 7-year sentence respectively; attempted forcible rape and 3rd degree sexual assault in St. Louis in 1982; and 3rd degree sexual abuse in St. Louis in 1981.

 "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 159 sexually violent predators have been committed in Missouri.  These commitments represent the 15th and 16th this year.  Commitments are handled by the Public Safety Division in Koster's office.  

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