FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 26, 2014
Alto Pass Man Committed for 51 Years for Sex Crimes
Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds announced today that Billy Wayne Vandergraph (DOB 03-05-1938), formerly of rural Alto Pass, has been committed to the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) for a period of fifty-one (51) years. Vandergraph was indicted by a Union County grand jury in July of 2010 on one (1) count of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child, a Class X Felony, and two (2) counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, both Class 2 Felonies.
After Vandergraph was found to be unfit to stand trial, evidence was presented at a Discharge Hearing in September 2013. At that hearing, the court found that the evidence showed that the defendant committed acts of sexual conduct with a child under 13 years of age between January and May of 2010 and that evidence would have been sufficient to convict Vandergraph had he been fit to stand trial. He is now required to register as a sex offender and will be placed in a locked facility within the DHS system. Vandergraph is currently being held in the custody of the Union County Sheriff at the Jackson County Jail in Murphysboro, awaiting transfer to DHS. The case was investigated the Union County Sheriff’s Office and Illinois State Police.
Media: Please contact the Union County Sheriff’s Office at (618) 833-5500 for any available booking photographs.