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Alto Pass man committed for 51 years for sex crimes

ALTO PASS, IL (KFVS) -

 An Alto Pass, Illinois man has been committed for 51 years for sex crimes.

Billy Wayne Vandergraph, 76, formerly of rural Alto Pass, was committed to the Illinois Department of Human Services.

Vandergraph was indicted by a Union County grand jury in July of 2010 on one count of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

According to Union County State's Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds, 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.

Vandergraph is now required to register as a sex offender and will be placed in a locked facility within the DHS system.

He 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 by the Union County Sheriff's Office and Illinois State Police.

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