December 14, 2011
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today a Greene County jury has found William Richardson, 69, to be a sexually violent predator. Circuit Court Judge Michael Cordonnier has committed Richardson to the Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Service in Farmington.
The Attorney General’s Office pursued the commitment of Richardson as a sexually violent predator after he served 10 years in prison following a guilty plea in 1999 to two counts of 1st degree statutory sodomy for performing oral sex on two boys, ages 8 and 9. That offense was the latest in a series of sex offenses against children over a nearly 40-year span. Richardson’s prior offenses included exposing himself to minors; fondling a child in a vacant lot; and paying a 14-year-old boy to engage in sex acts with him. While in prison, Richardson refused to participate in the sex-offender treatment program.
“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.
There have been 178 sexually violent predators committed in Missouri since the Sexually Violent Predator law became effective in 1999. This is the 16th commitment this year. Sexually Violent Predator commitments are handled by the Public Safety Division in Koster’s office.