On February 3, 2017, a Boone County jury found Adam Derby, 35, to be a sexually violent predator.
The Honorable Deborah Daniels signed an order committing Derby to the custody of the Department of Mental Health for treatment until such time he is safe to be at large.
“Thanks to the hard work and dedication of those serving on the front lines of our criminal justice system, Adam Derby will no longer be a threat to Missouri’s children,” said Hawley. “Our commitment from day one has been to protect and defend the people of Missouri, especially those most vulnerable. With this conviction, local law enforcement and our attorneys accomplished just that.”
Derby was convicted in 2001 of child molestation in the first degree for abusing a 4 year-old boy. Only months after his release from prison for child molestation, Derby was investigated for the use of child pornography and pled guilty to two counts of possession of child pornography in 2006. Several months after his release from jail on those charges, he was again caught with child pornography. He was found guilty of one count of child pornography in 2011.
At trial, expert witnesses testified that Derby suffered from two mental abnormalities in the form of pedophilia and antisocial personality disorder, and that he met the criteria of a sexually violent predator.
The case was tried by Assistant Attorney General Katharine Dolin from the office of Attorney General Josh Hawley.