November 12, 2010
Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster said today a Jackson County jury found Robert Rich, 43, to be a sexually violent predator. Rich has been committed to the Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Service in Farmington. The judgment and commitment order was signed by Associate Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Forsyth.
Rich pleaded guilty in 2000 to first-degree sexual assault of a 61-year-old woman. He was sentenced to five years SES probation, which was revoked in 2002 after a number of probation violations, including committing sodomy, possessing pornography, and having unsupervised contact with children. The Attorney General's Office pursued the commitment of Rich as a sexually violent predator after he served his 5-year prison sentence following revocation of probation.
"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 161sexually violent predators committed in Missouri. This is the 18thcommitment this year. Commitments are handled by the Public Safety Division in Koster's office.