St. Francois Co. man sentenced to rehab, treatment center as sexually violent predator

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ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) – A man was charged as a violent sexual predator following a three-day trial.

According to a statement from the Missouri Attorney General’s office, Jason Cook has been committed to the state’s Sex Offender Treatment and Rehabilitation Services Center.

On Wednesday, August 24, a St. Francis County jury convicted Cook as a violent sexual predator after a three-day trial.

According to the attorney general’s office, Cook admitted to having inappropriate sexual touching and committing sex offenses in at least two states before he turned 18 and moved to Missouri.

Once in Missouri, Cook committed a sexual offense against a seven-year-old child and was sentenced to six years in prison.

While in prison, Cook committed three sexual assaults against three different prisoners. He was sentenced to an additional prison term for one of the assaults.

While incarcerated, the attorney general’s office said Cook twice failed to complete sex offender treatment.

“My top priority as Attorney General will always be to protect Missourians,” Attorney General Eric Schmitt said in the statement. “Keeping a sexually violent predator off the streets until they receive proper treatment and are no longer a threat to society is an important part of my duties as Attorney General.”

The case was tried by General Counsel Jay Atkins and Assistant Attorney General Greg Goodwin. It was investigated by Missouri’s Sexually Violent Predator Commitment Unit.

The statement said the Sexually Violent Predator Unit “seeks civil commitment from sexual predators who suffer from a mental abnormality that makes them more likely than not to commit predatory acts of sexual violence if they are not confined in a secure processing center”.

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