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.