St. Augustine Serial Child Molester Convicted Of Hacking Jumbotron, Child Exploitation Offenses, Sex Offender Registration Violations, And Firearm Possession
Orlando, Florida – Acting United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Billy Leon Dyer (77, Melbourne) with three counts of production of child pornography and one count of attempted enticement of a minor. If convicted, he faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years, up to 30 years, in federal prison on each production count. He faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 10 years, up to life, in federal prison on the attempted enticement charge. The indictment also notifies Dyer that the United States intends to forfeit the residence located at 7664 Candlewick Drive in Melbourne and a vehicle, both of which are alleged to be items used to facilitate the offenses.
According to the , from June 22, 2016, through February 9, 2017, Dyer coerced three minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing child pornography. Furthermore, between March 4 and March 10, 2017, he used the Internet and a cellphone to attempt to coerce a minor to engage in sexual activity.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. It will be prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Christina R. Downes from the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor, ICE.
It is another case brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.