January 29, 2010
Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster said today a St. Louis jury has found Stevenson R. Ricks, 36, to be a sexually violent predator. Ricks has been committed to the Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Service in Farmington. The judgment and commitment order was signed by Circuit Court Judge John F. Garvey.
The Attorney General's Office pursued the commitment of Ricks as a sexually violent predator after he served a 5-year prison sentence. He pleaded guilty and was convicted in 2004 for child molestation in the first degree. Ricks' victim was an 8-year-old male.
"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 138 sexually violent predators committed in Missouri. This is the second commitment this year. Commitments are handled by the Public Safety Division in Koster's office.