Jefferson City, Mo. -- Attorney General Chris Koster said today a Saline County judge ordered that James Hostetter, 24, be committed as a sexually violent predator.
Hostetter stipulated to being a sexually violent predator and has been committed to the Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Service in Farmington. The judgment and commitment order was signed by Circuit Court Judge Hugh Harvey.
The Attorney General's Office pursued the commitment of Hostetter as a sexually violent predator after he served a 7-year prison sentence for deviate sexual assault of a 3-year-old boy.
"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, 190 sexually violent predators have been committed in Missouri. This is the twelfth commitment this year. Sexually Violent Predator commitments are handled by the Public Safety Division in Koster's office.