Nixon signs bill punishing sexual predators who spit

Monday, June 21, 2010 | 8:38 a.m. CDT

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.

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