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Sex Predatory Law Upheld

October 20, 1998
By: Curt Holden
State Capital Bureau

Missouri's supreme court has upheld a new state law that puts sex predators beind bars for the rest of their lives. Curt Holden reports from Jefferson City.

The Court handed down its decision today upholding the Missouri Sexual Predator Law passed in 1996 by the Missouri Legislature.

Christopher Gilyard was convicted by a jury of forcible rape and false imprisonment of a 16-year-old female with evidence used from a prior uncharged sexual assault.

The Court upheld Gilyard's conviction denying his appeal.

Missouri House Speaker Steve Gaw who sponsored the 1996 law and a 1998 follow-up provision requiring civil committments from sex offenders about to be released from prison says Missouri families now have more protection from sex offenders.

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The Court said evidence from prior cases for which a person was not convicted of sex crime can be used against that person in subsequent court cases. Reporting from Jefferson City, I'm Curt Holden.


Missouri House Speaker Steve Gaw is celebrating the Missouri Supreme Court decision which upholds the Missouri Sexual Predator Law.

Curt Holden reports from Jefferson City.

Gaw has lobbied the Missouri Legislature successfully in 1996 to ensure life prison sentences for Missouri sex offenders.

Gaw says the two laws do not create a threat of double jeopardy for those accused of sex crimes.

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Christopher Gilyard was convicted by a jury of forcible rape and false imprisonment of a 16-year-old female with evidence used from a prior uncharged sexual assault.

Now, the Missouri Supreme Court has agreed upholding Gaw's Sexual Predator Law.

Reporting from Jefferson City, I'm Curt Holden.