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Missouri Supreme Court rules against sex offender

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 | 9:30 p.m. CDT; updated 10:29 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 20, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled against a sex offender seeking to avoid further confinement by challenging his psychological evaluation as a "sexually violent predator."

Tuesday's ruling overturns a trial court decision on Richard Closser, who was convicted in 1997 of child molestation and sexual misconduct.

The trial court had decided it lacked jurisdiction to hold a hearing on whether to commit Closser for sex offender treatment after his criminal sentence expired. The judge cited the fact that a mental report had been prepared by a psychologist who was licensed in Texas but not yet in Missouri.

The Supreme Court said that technical error did not strip the court of jurisdiction to hold a hearing on whether to confine Closser as a sexual predator.

 


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