May 28, 2010
Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster said today a Jackson County jury has found Larry R. Treese, 58, to be a sexually violent predator. Treese has been committed to the Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Service in Farmington. The judgment and commitment order was signed by Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Forsyth.
The Attorney General's Office sought Treese's commitment as a sexually violent predator after he served a 15-year prison sentence. He pled guilty and was convicted in 1994 for sodomy. His victim was a 13-year-old male. In addition, in 1989 Treese pled guilty in Jackson County to sodomy of a 15-year-old male and was sentenced to five years in the Department of Corrections.
"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 145 sexually violent predators have been committed in Missouri. This is the ninth commitment this year. Commitments are handled by the Public Safety Division in Koster's office.