November 14, 2011
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today a St. Louis City jury has found Stephen A. Taylor, 63, to be a sexually violent predator. Circuit Court Judge Steven Ohmer has committed Taylor to the Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Service in Farmington.
The Attorney General’s Office pursued the commitment of Taylor as a sexually violent predator after he served 25 years in prison following a guilty plea in 1985 to five counts of rape and sodomy of a 6-year-old and a 9-year-old in St. Louis. In 1977, Taylor was convicted of exposing himself to a pair of teenage females. From 1980 to 1985, he raped and molested two young girls, ending in 1985 with his arrest and subsequent conviction. Taylor failed sex offender treatment three times in the Department of Corrections before his referral as a sexually violent predator.
“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, 175 sexually violent predators have been committed in Missouri. This is the 13th commitment this year. Sexually Violent Predator commitments are handled by the Public Safety Division in Koster’s office.