July 21, 2011
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today Circuit Judge Bruce Colyer has committed David Hersh, 34, to the Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Service in Farmington as a sexually violent predator.
The Attorney General’s Office pursued the commitment of Hersh as a sexually violent predator after he served a 7-year prison sentence for first degree child molestation of a six-year-old female. Previous to this offense, Hersh pled guilty to endangering the welfare of a child in 2002 and was sentenced to 5 years in prison.
“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, 168 sexually violent predators have been committed in Missouri. This is the sixth commitment this year. Sexually Violent Predator commitments are handled by the Public Safety Division in Koster’s office.