AG Hawley Announces Crawford County Sex Crimes Guilty Verdict

Dec 13, 2017, 14:07 PM
Dec 13, 2017, 14:06 PM

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that a Dent County jury found Nathan Hilliard, 27, guilty of statutory rape in the first degree and statutory sodomy in the first degree following a two-day trial. Between June 1, 2007 and June 14, 2007, the defendant had sexual intercourse and forced his 10-year-old cousin to perform oral sex on him while staying with the victim’s family as a guest.  

In addition to medical exams, the victim participated in a videotaped forensic interview by Child Advocacy Center professional Linda McQuary. The jury viewed the video and heard from both victim and Ms. McQuary at the trial. After their verdict, one juror requested permission to hug the now 21-year-old victim. 

“My Office continues to make clear that we have no tolerance for those who prey on our most vulnerable citizens,” Hawley said. “I hope the victim and victim’s family find some justice in this guilty verdict.”

Hilliard’s sentencing is scheduled for January 22, 2018. He faces a minimum of ten years in prison with the possibility of a life sentence for these crimes.   

The case was tried by Assistant Attorney General Steven M. Kretzer and Assistant Attorney General Erin Kirsch with assistance from AGO Investigator Jason Bilyeu on a change of venue from Crawford County.