ALBANY, NEW YORK – Ricky J. Bilyou, age 28, of Catskill, New York, was sentenced today to 30 months in prison, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release, for failing to register as a sex offender.
The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon and United States Marshal David McNulty.
Bilyou was convicted of child exploitation, in Clinton County, Indiana, in 2016. As part of that crime, Bilyou coerced a child, in Indiana, into sending him photos of herself that were sexual in nature.
In pleading guilty to failing to register, Bilyou admitted that he was residing in Indiana in May 2019, when he traveled to Colorado. After staying briefly in Colorado, in late September 2019, he took Amtrak trains from Colorado, to Chicago, Illinois, and finally to the Albany-Rensselaer station. He then began residing in Catskill, up until his arrest on March 18, 2020. Bilyou knew that he was required to register as a sex offender in New York, and failed to do so.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.