March 15, 2011
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today a Barry County jury has found Timothy Nelson, 30, to be a sexually violent predator, and a jury in Butler County found James Younger, 45, to be a sexually violent predator. Both men have been committed to the Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Service in Farmington.
The Attorney General’s Office sought the commitment of Nelson as a sexually violent predator after he served a 4-year prison sentence. He pled guilty and was convicted in 2000 for felony sexual assault. Nelson’s victim was a 14-year-old female.
Younger was sentenced in 1998 to a 10-year prison term after pleading guilty to first degree sodomy of an 8-year-old female. He committed the offense while on parole for attempted sodomy of a child 6 years old. Younger admitted to sexually abusing eight to ten additional children and stated he had engaged in relationships with women who had children with the intention of molesting the children.
“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 165 sexually violent predators committed in Missouri. Nelson and Younger are the second and third commitments this year. Commitments are handled by the Public Safety Division in Koster’s office.