Man found guilty of statutory sodomy, statutory rape in Stoddard County

Billy Duane Stitz (Source: Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney)
Billy Duane Stitz (Source: Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney)

STODDARD COUNTY, Mo. (KBSI) – A Stoddard County jury found a man guilty of statutory sodomy and statutory rape against two children under the age of 5 years old.

Billy Duane Stitz was found guilty on Dec. 13 by a Stoddard County jury of three counts of statutory sodomy in the first degree and one count of statutory rape in the first degree perpetrated against two children under the age of five years old, according to Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell D. Oliver.

“I am so proud of the brave victims in this case standing up to this predator,” said Oliver of the sentence and the jury’s guilty verdicts. “There are no winners in cases like this. Multiple children have suffered greatly at the hands of the Defendant. These cases are excruciatingly difficult to try, emotionally taxing on everyone involved, and painful for victims to relive as they tell of the abuse they have suffered. But we do those difficult things to bring justice and closure to the victims, to ensure that no other children suffer at the hands of the Defendant and to protect the families of our community. The jury’s verdict ensures that the Defendant will never take another step as a free man the remainder of his life and will die in prison.”

Oliver thanked the jurors, the local child advocacy centers who provided support and counseling for the children as well as the families of the victims.

No other information was released to protect the identity of the victims.

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