May 13, 2011
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today a Shelby County jury has found Jeffrey McClure, 44, to be a sexually violent predator. McClure has been committed to the Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Service in Farmington. The judgment and commitment order was signed by Circuit Court Judge William Alberty.
The Attorney General’s Office pursued the commitment of McClure as a sexually violent predator after he served a 10-year prison sentence for first degree statutory sodomy. From 1998 to 2000, McClure sexually abused a boy on numerous occasions, starting when the boy was 11 years old. Previous to this offense, McClure pled guilty to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in 1989 and was sentenced to 3 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, 167 sexually violent predators have been committed in Missouri. This is the fifth commitment this year. Sexually Violent Predator commitments are handled by the Public Safety Division in Koster’s office.