Sexual predator committed to mental health facility by AG Hawley …

A 71-year-old man who admitted he is a violent sexual predator has been committed to a mental health facility by Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley.

Jamie B. McPherson, 71, of Independence, was committed Thursday. He will remain in a secure facility under the care of the Department of Mental Health until he is no longer a threat to society, authorities said.

According to the Attorney General’s Office, McPherson has a decades-long history of molesting prepubescent boys and girls, and at one point admitted he’d had some form of sexual contact with more than 100 children.

Hawley said in a statement McPherson’s commitment is necessary because of his history of repeated abuse and failure to complete sex offender treatment.

“Jackson County is safer because of this commitment,” Hawley said.

McPherson often met his victims through his job as a postman in Lexington, Mo. during the 1980s and 1990s, authorities said. He reportedly touched a child on

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