July 14, 2010
Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster said today a St. Louis County jury has found Joseph J. Miller, 61, to be a sexually violent predator. Miller has been committed to the Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Service in Farmington. The judgment and commitment order was signed by Circuit Court Judge Carolyn C. Whittington.
The Attorney General's Office sought Miller's commitment as a sexually violent predator after he served a 15-year prison sentence. He pled guilty and was convicted in 1992 for sodomy of a 5-year-old female. In addition, Miller pled guilty in 1988 in St. Louis County to sodomy of a 3-year-old female. He was sentenced to 5 years in the Department of Corrections for the 1988 offense.
Koster said during the trial for commitment as a sexually violent predator, evidence was introduced that Miller had admitted to having 12 to 16 child victims.
"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 147 sexually violent predators have been committed in Missouri. This is the 11th commitment this year. Commitments are handled by the Public Safety Division in Koster's office.