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Attorney General's News Release

July 25, 2011

Howell County jury commits man as Sexually Violent Predator

Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today a Howell County jury has found James Bradshaw, 52, to be a sexually violent predator. Bradshaw has been committed to the Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Service in Farmington. Circuit Court Judge Don Henry signed the judgment and commitment order.

The Attorney General’s Office pursued the commitment of Bradshaw as a sexually violent predator after he served a 10-year prison sentence following a guilty plea for first degree statutory rape of a 13-year-old female. Previous to this offense, Bradshaw pled guilty in 1985 to rape with a weapon and was sentenced to 5 years in prison. His victim was an 8-year-old.

“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, 169 sexually violent predators have been committed in Missouri. This is the seventh commitment this year. Sexually Violent Predator commitments are handled by the Public Safety Division in Koster’s office.

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