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Shawneetown, IL man sentenced to 66 years on child abuse charges

George A. Vivens was found guilty of sexually assaulting a minor (Source: White County Jail) George A. Vivens was found guilty of sexually assaulting a minor (Source: White County Jail)
SHAWNEETOWN, IL (KFVS) -

A southern Illinois man was sentenced on July 16, 2018 to 66 years behind bars on child abuse charges.

George A. Bivens, 45, was found guilty of sexually assaulting a minor from 1999-2004. 

A Gallatin County, Illinois jury found the former Shawneetown, Ill. man guilty of three counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child in June 2018.

Bivens was sentenced by Judge Thomas Foster to 22 years per count for each of the three counts, and the sentences on each count must be served consecutively under Illinois Law. Bivens must serve 85 percent of the sentence under Illinois law. 

He was being held in the White County Jail. 

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The case was investigated by Illinois State Police. The case was prosecuted by the Gallatin County State’s Attorney Doug Dyhrkopp.  

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