April 23, 2010
Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster said today a Boone County jury has found Stanley S. Houston, 62, to be a sexually violent predator, and a jury in Greene County found Harry D. Turner, 38, to be a sexually violent predator. Both men have been committed to the Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Service in Farmington.
The Attorney General's Office sought the commitment of Houston as a sexually violent predator after he served a 5-year prison sentence. He pled guilty and was convicted in 2005 for child molestation in the first degree. Houston's victim was a 6-year-old male. In addition, Houston pled guilty in Arizona in 1995 to kidnapping and sexual conduct with a 17-year-old male. He was sentenced to 7 ½ years on the kidnapping charge and 2 years on the sexual misconduct charge.
Turner served 4 years in prison after pleading guilty to first degree child molestation and sexual misconduct of a child in 2001. Turner's victim was a 5-year-old female. Turner admitted to having had at least 10 more victims aged 9 months to 3 years of age over a 15-year period. At trial, evidence was presented that Turner told the investigating officer that if released, he would molest again.
"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, there are 142 sexually violent predators committed in Missouri. This is the sixth commitment this year. Commitments are handled by the Public Safety Division in Koster's office.