December 8, 2010
Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster said today a St. Louis jury has found John Gorman, 60, to be a sexually violent predator. Gorman has been committed to the Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Service in Farmington. The judgment and commitment order was signed by Circuit Court Judge David Mason.
The Attorney General's Office pursued the commitment of Gorman as a sexually violent predator after he served a 25-year prison sentence for the rape and kidnapping of a 15-year-old. Gorman previously was sentenced to eight years after pleading guilty to felonious restraint and 3rd degree assault of a 14-year-old in St. Louis in 1987, and in 2002, he was sentenced to seven years in prison for sexual misconduct.
"It is critical that we keep those who could commit 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, 162 sexually violent predators have been committed in Missouri. This is the 19th commitment this year. Sexually Violent Predator commitments are handled by the Public Safety Division in Koster's office.