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Attorney General's News Release

August 7, 2012

Jury commits Wellston man as sexually violent predator

Jefferson City, Mo. – Circuit Judge Carolyn Whittington has committed Steven J. Whitt, Jr., 42, to the Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Farmington, Missouri, after a St. Louis County jury found Whitt to be a sexually violent predator.

Attorney General Chris Koster sought to have Whitt committed after he served 10 years in prison for forcibly raping a 25-year-old woman in 2001. Whitt has admitted under oath to committing two other rapes for which he had not been prosecuted. While in prison, Whitt accumulated dozens of conduct violations for sexual misconduct, assaults and death threats.

“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 and they are no longer likely to commit further acts of sexual violence if released.

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