Life imprisonment is being sought for a Versailles area man accused of predatory sexual behavior as a prior and persistent offender after a new case involving alleged abuse of a girl for more than four years.

Update: Case.net now shows that the warrant for the arrest of Gilbert Silvey Jr. was served January 22.

Life imprisonment is being sought for a Versailles area man accused of predatory sexual behavior as a prior and persistent offender after a new case involving alleged abuse of a girl for more than four years.

The most recent case against Gilbert Leon Silvey Jr. involves alleged sexual relations with a minor female at his home southeast of Versailles, starting shortly after he was released from prison in 2013 and continuing until November 2017. Silvey had served five years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for the Pettis County child molestation conviction.

The 53-year-old has previously pleaded guilty to first degree child molestation in Pettis County in July 2009 and first degree child molestation in Cooper County in August 2009. He has also been on probation for a misdemeanor conviction for failing to comply with Halloween restrictions of the sex offender registration.

Silvey is now facing eight felony charges including two counts of first degree statutory rape, an unclassified felony; three counts of first degree statutory sodomy, an unclassified felony; and three counts of incest, a Class D felony.

Each count covers the different alleged actions over different time periods.

The range of punishment for each count of statutory rape and statutory sodomy is imprisonment of  life or not less than 10 years. The range of punishment for incest is imprisonment for two to four years.

With Silvey’s prior convictions, the prosecutor has filed against him as a predatory sexual offender under RSMo 558.018 which adds more weight to sentencing. This violation is punishable with an extended term of life imprisonment with the court to set the minimum time to be served before eligibility for parole, conditional release or other early release with minimum time to be not less than 15 years.

According to the probable cause statement filed by a detective with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, a relative of the girl reported Silvey after the girl had told her what was going on.

The girl underwent an interview and forensic exam at Kids Harbor in Osage Beach the same day, January 21, 2018.

The girl allegedly said she had lost her virginity to Silvey at his home shortly after he was released from prison when she was around 11 or 12, the court document states. Sexual relations reportedly occurred again over time, always when other family members were not home, with Silvey allegedly telling her to keep their relations a secret.

According to the court document, the girl said that Silvey would take her phone away or have it turned off and tell her he would let her have it back if she would have sex with him.

Over these years, the girl said that she had had two or three pregnancy scares with the first one being toward the end of her 6th grade year and the last one being in summer 2017. At these times, Silvey would allegedly buy her pregnancy tests and have her hide them in her bedroom, the court document states.

On January 21, the detective attempted to interview Silvey about the allegations, but he refused to speak with police.

According to Case.net, a warrant was issued for Silvey’s arrest on January 22 with conditional bond set at $250,000 cash only. The online court database and the online inmate roster for the Morgan County jail do not indicate  that Silvey has been taken into custody yet.