ALBANY — A Catskill man was sentenced Friday in federal court to 30 months in prison for failing to register as a sex offender, according to acting U.S. Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon.

Ricky J. Bilyou, 28, will also serve five years of supervised release, Bacon said.

Bilyou pleaded guilty June 10 to failing to register as a sex offender.

He was convicted of child exploitation, in Clinton County, Indiana, in 2016, Bacon said.

Bilyou coerced a child in Indiana into sending him photos of herself that were sexual in nature, Bacon said.

Bilyou admitted he was residing in Indiana in May 2019, when he traveled to Colorado. After staying briefly in Colorado, in late September 2019, he took Amtrak trains from Colorado to Chicago, Illinois, and finally to the Albany-Rensselaer train station, Bacon said.

He then began residing in Catskill until his arrest on March 18, 2020.

Bilyou knew he was required to register as a sex offender in New York and failed to do so, Bacon said.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.

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