AG Hawley announces Cape Girardeau County sexually violent predator commitment

JEFFERSON CITY Mo. — Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that a Cape Girardeau County jury took 30 minutes to find Larry Eugene Windeknecht, 60, a sexually violent predator, on April 25. Windeknecht had a decades-long history of sexual assault in Cape Girardeau and St. Louis.

In 1986, he broke into the apartment of a 19-year old college student he had been stalking and attempted to rape her. Windeknecht was released on parole in 1993 and caught in 1995 for breaking into a home and sodomizing a 14-year old girl he had seen three days prior. In prison, he was caught repeatedly sending letters to pubescent girls. When released in 2009, he was arrested again three months later for seeking to have sex with a 13-year old girl. The child began receiving sexually suggestive text messages from Windeknecht that included telling her he was watching her get off the school bus. The victim’s family notified police, who took over the conversations, and Windeknecht was arrested when he arranged to pick up the child at a local park and have sex with her.

Windeknecht refused all sex offender treatment while incarcerated. He had no remorse for any of his victims and has never taken responsibility for any of his attacks. Instead, he claims each of his victims was in collusion with his attorneys and prosecutors framed him. When Windeknecht became eligible for release to the community, the Missouri Attorney General’s Office filed a petition to commit him as a sexually violent predator.

“My Office is fighting to protect Missouri’s most vulnerable citizens,” Hawley said. “Those who perpetrate sexual assaults will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I am grateful to the jury for removing Mr. Windeknecht from society.”

Windeknecht will remain in a secure mental health facility for sexually violent predators until such time he is deemed safe to be at large. The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney Generals Monty Platz and Aaron Maness, and the order for commitment was signed by the Honorable Stephen R. Mitchell.

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