March 21, 2013
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today that a St. Louis City jury found James Arthur Gardner, 44, to be a sexually violent predator. As a result, Gardner has been committed to the Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Service in Farmington.
Prior to his commitment as a sexually violent predator, Gardner served time in prison after being sentenced to 10 years for sodomizing a 7-year-old boy. Previously, he had been convicted of sexually abusing a 3-year-old girl.
"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 whether their mental condition has changed and their risk to commit further acts of sexual violence has lessened.
Currently, 196 sexually violent predators have been committed in Missouri. This is the 5th commitment this year. Sexually Violent Predator commitments are handled by the Public Safety Division in Koster’s office.