JEFFERSON CITY — Sexually violent predators who spit or urinate on mental health workers could face new criminal penalties.
Gov. Jay Nixon has signed the legislation into law. It allows for a felony charge against a violent sexual predator who knowingly causes mental health workers to be in contact with various bodily fluids.
The crime carries maximum penalties of four years in prison or a $5,000 fine. If the offender is infected with HIV or hepatitis B or C, the maximum prison term would be seven years.
A similar provision makes it a crime for prison inmates to spit or urinate on employees of the state Corrections Department.