May 13, 2010
Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster said today a Macon County jury found Jonathan W. Casady, 32, to be a sexually violent predator. Casady 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 Paul K. Parkinson.
The Attorney General's Office sought Casady's commitment as a sexually violent predator after he served a 5-year prison sentence. He pled guilty and was convicted in 1997 for sexual assault of a 17-year-old female. In addition, Casady was sentenced to one year in the Macon County Jail in 1996 after pleading guilty to 2nddegree child molestation of a 12-year-old female. In 1998, Casady pled guilty to 1stdegree sexual misconduct and was sentenced to a 2-year prison term. His victim was a 14-year-old female. Also in 1998, Casady pled guilty to two counts of 1stdegree sexual misconduct and was sentenced to a 2-year prison term on each count. His victim on both counts was a 13-year-old female.
Koster said Casady failed to successfully complete the Missouri Sex Offender Program while he was incarcerated. The petition for civil commitment was filed on Casady based on an overt act involving a 16-year-old female.
> "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 143 sexually violent predators have been committed in Missouri. This is the seventh commitment this year. Commitments are handled by the Public Safety Division in Koster's office.