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James Gardner Committed as Sexually Violent Predator for Sodomizing Boy, 7, Abusing Girl, 3

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James Gardner
James Arthur Gardner, a 44-year-old St. Louis man who was convicted and imprisoned for sodomizing a seven-year-old boy, has officially been found to be a "sexually violent predator," Attorney General Chris Koster announced yesterday.

That means Gardner will be committed to the Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Service in Farmington, officials say.

Koster highlights this St. Louis city jury ruling as a model of the criminal justice system keeping violent sexual predators off of the streets.

In part, because this is not Gardner's first horrific offense against a minor -- and his prior victim was even younger.

Koster says that Gardner was previously convicted of sexually abusing a three-year-old girl.

"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 says in a statement. "It is important for individuals who are deemed sexually violent predators to get the help they need while the community is protected."

Individuals who are committed by the court as "sexually violent predators" go into the custody of the state department of mental health, where they have a right to have their cases reviewed annually to determine if their condition has changed -- and the risk of them committing acts of sexual violence has decreased.

A total of 196 sexually violent predators have been committed in Missouri, Koster says, adding that this is the fifth this year.

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James Gardner

Here's the full news release from Koster's office.

St. Louis man committed as Sexually Violent Predator

Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster said today that a St. Louis City jury found James Arthur Gardner, 44, to be a sexually violent predator. As a result, Gardner has been committed to the Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Service in Farmington.

Prior to his commitment as a sexually violent predator, Gardner served time in prison after being sentenced to 10 years for sodomizing a 7-year-old boy. Previously, he had been convicted of sexually abusing a 3-year-old girl.

"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 whether their mental condition has changed and their risk to commit further acts of sexual violence has lessened.

Currently, 196 sexually violent predators have been committed in Missouri. This is the 5th commitment this year. Sexually Violent Predator commitments are handled by the Public Safety Division in Koster's office.

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41 comments
kaybie
kaybie

These kind of people should face the death penalty automatically

mitchie420
mitchie420

it appears the majority opinion  is for execution  AND WHY NOT??  those fools that disturb women going into abortion clinics??WHY THE HELL AREN'T THEY YELLING TO KILL THOSE THAT PREY ON LIVING BREATHING CHILDREN?? HUH???????DEATH PENALTY DEATH PENALTY DEATH PENALTY! WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE WHY SHOULD ANY CHILD HAVE TO FEAR THIS MAN MAY BE ALLOWED TO PREY AGAIN. KILL THE MOTHERFUCKER ..DEAD!!!

Justin_Khase
Justin_Khase

This turd should have been flushed years ago.

crbullseye
crbullseye

One bullet cost 10 cents! These scumbag don't chnage period, they will do and say whatever it takes to get them out of treatment and will rescind shortly after!!!

Scott Jamison
Scott Jamison

he should go free.........right after the castration and finger removal!!

Isaac James
Isaac James

He should be put down like a rabid dog instead of being locked up.

Erica Gray Wallace
Erica Gray Wallace

Long enough to cut off his penis & testicles, put them in his mouth, then slit his throat - an hour should be sufficient

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

I recommend a lobotomy. That is a medical procedure that separates the two halves of the brain. Careful surgery inserts a tool into the eye socket to detach the connections of two side the brain. I recommend using a dull axe down the middle of his skull. Ten whacks ought to do the trick.

MiMi Brown
MiMi Brown

@kim The children don't have a high rate of repeating the abuse. You spoke incorrectly. It's true that many abusers were once abused themselves. But it is NOT true that most people who are abused go on to abuse others.

Darrell Ford
Darrell Ford

Castrate...then life imprison...screw that, neuter then shoot him in some body part where he will suffer the most and slowly die.

Tony Merklin
Tony Merklin

Oh just Forever and 1 Day should be enough................

Gregg Thomas
Gregg Thomas

Zero days. Shoot that fucker in the head.

Lois Giles
Lois Giles

Meanwhile......thousands sit in prison for non violent crimes...... = cannabis

Kim Zarick Lewallen
Kim Zarick Lewallen

It's my understanding that they don't get better or fixed, so he will do this again. Considering that these children have a very high rate of repeating these acts or having life long problems his incarceration will never fix that really,but he can be kept from doing it again and maybe killing the child so they won't tell because that also usually happens to repeat sex offenders. With all that Life Imprisonment. He is a grown man that has done more harm then any good he can every do.

Richard Cheeseman
Richard Cheeseman

I think he should be put to death by the victims closest family members.

Ashley Maria Minshall
Ashley Maria Minshall

I agree. Life with castration. But im sure he will be beat in prison by other inmates. This is sickening.

Shannon Thayer Guinn
Shannon Thayer Guinn

The prison inmates will take care of him. Cho-mo's are targets in prison.

Victor A. Patton
Victor A. Patton

Why do we wait for these people to become "repeat" offenders? He never shoulda got out the first time he abused a child.

Sherondia Elliott
Sherondia Elliott

longer than the law allow considering this idiotic smirk across his dumb face on a MUGSHOT! for these crimes as if he forgot to pay a parking ticket

Robby Sappington
Robby Sappington

i dont think you should promote stories as sickening as this to generate traffic for your FB/Website.

Julie Minor Carroll
Julie Minor Carroll

Why do these people ever get out of jail?! Why was he out of jail from sexually abusing a 3 year old child? THREE!!!! Seriously. Zero tolerance for these sickos.

Gina Martinez
Gina Martinez

Stats show these people can not be rehabilitated

bwills11
bwills11

"Individuals who are committed by the court as "sexually violent predators" go into the custody of the state department of mental health, where they have a right to have their cases reviewed annually to determine if their condition has changed -- and the risk of them committing acts of sexual violence has decreased."

Seriously? How many more small children does a creep like this get to molest before we put a bullet in his head. What a waste of tax dollars warehousing these losers. 

mitchie420
mitchie420

disgusting ....these guys will find a way to molest...with their mouth with their feet ,god knows what the sick minds will conceive IDON'T WANT TO KNOW SO I SAY theres nothing else to do....kill em ALL

mitchie420
mitchie420

@Erica Gray Wallace and no anesthetic  or pain killer while it 's taking place ..just  go medieval on their asses

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