September 30, 2011
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today a Jackson County jury has found William Eugene Pugh, 51, to be a sexually violent predator. Judge Kathleen Forsyth has committed Pugh to the Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Service in Farmington.
The Attorney General’s Office pursued the commitment of Pugh as a sexually violent predator after he served 13 years in prison following a guilty plea in 1998 to sodomy and 1st degree sexual abuse of a 4-year-old female. In addition, he pled guilty in 1995 to deviate sexual assault of an 8-year-old female and was sentenced to 7 years in the Clay County jail.
“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, 171 sexually violent predators have been committed in Missouri. This is the ninth commitment this year. Sexually Violent Predator commitments are handled by the Public Safety Division in Koster’s office.