A Kaiser man has been sentenced to a total of 20 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to child sex act charges.

On August 14, 2018, Edgar A. Bilyeu pled guilty to one count of first degree statutory sodomy and two counts of third degree child molestation as part of a negotiated plea agreement with the State, according to a press release from Miller County Prosecutor Ben Winfrey. 

The prosecutor commented via the press release that he hopes the sentencing shows the people of Miller County that he takes offenses against children very seriously. Winfrey also thanked the officers involved in the case for their hard work.

Bilyeu admitted to knowingly having “deviate sexual intercourse” with a child younger than 12 years old and knowingly subjecting a child under the age of 14 years old to “sexual contact,” the press release states. 

The statutory sodomy charge is an unclassified felony. Bilyeu received 10 years in prison on this charge and five years each on the two counts of child molestation, a Class C felony. The sentences are consecutive. 

First degree statutory sodomy is punishable with up to life imprisonment or not less than 10 years. A Class C felony is subject to three to 10 years in prison. Both types of charges are also subject to lifetime supervision through the sex offender registry.

Additionally, the press release explained that first degree statutory sodomy requires Bilyeu to serve 85 percent of the 10 year sentence. Bilyeu will be required to register as a sex offender if he is released to the community.

Bilyeu is currently 71 years old. He was 70 at the time of the crimes which occurred some time in July 2017 at his home, according to court documents. 

The child forensic interview in the case was conducted at Kids Harbor on September 13, 2017. Bilyeu was interviewed by Miller County Sheriff’s Office investigators and taken in on a 24-hour hold awaiting charges that same day.