May 2, 2011
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today a St. Louis jury has found Samuel Aldridge, 36, to be a sexually violent predator. Aldridge has been committed to the Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Service in Farmington. The judgment and commitment order was signed by Circuit Court Judge Steven Ohmer.
The Attorney General’s Office pursued the commitment of Aldridge as a sexually violent predator after he served a 4-year prison sentence for child molestation and sexual misconduct of a 15-year-old girl while she was babysitting. Aldridge previously was sentenced to 5 years after pleading guilty to raping a 20-year-old female in 1981. In 1985, Aldridge was sentenced to 5 years for burglary and 15 years for attempted rape, and in 2007 he was given a 1-year suspended sentence with 2 years probation for sexual misconduct.
“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, 166 sexually violent predators have been committed in Missouri. This is the fourth commitment this year. Sexually Violent Predator commitments are handled by the Public Safety Division in Koster’s office.