Man who drugged, raped co-worker sentenced to nine years in prison

News-DemocratApril 22, 2013 

— A man convicted of drugging and raping a co-worker will serve up to nine years in prison.

Byron D. Skalisius, 51, put the date-rape drug GHB into the drink of a female co-worker and raped her in her home in Glen Carbon in 2009. He also took pictures of the unconscious victim, and the photos were later found in his possession.

A jury found him guilty in December of sexual assault and unauthorized video recording, both felonies, after deliberating for four hours.

There was no romantic relationship between them before the assault, and the woman has no memory of it, according to the Madison County State's Attorney's office.

"Sexual assault cases are difficult cases, not only for law enforcement to investigate and prosecute, but especially for victims who may often feel victimized again during the process," said state's attorney Tom Gibbons. "I'm satisfied that our jurors worked through the evidence and returned a guilty verdict that will hopefully provide closure and peace to those who were harmed by this defendant."

Prosecutors had asked for a 13-year sentence on the sexual assault charge and three years for the unauthorized recording. The maximum penalties would have been 15 years for sexual assault and three years for the recording.

Madison County Circuit Judge Kyle Napp sentenced Skalisius to seven years for sexual assault and two years for the recording, with the sentences set to run consecutively.

Skalisius must serve at least 85 percent of the sexual assault sentence and 50 percent of the recording sentencing. That puts his minimum sentence just short of seven years. Skalisius has been in custody since the December verdict.

"This verdict ... sends a strong message to the public that anyone who violates an incapacitated person will go to prison," Gibbons said.

The Glen Carbon Police Department investigated the case, which was prosecuted by John Fischer and Rachelle Crowe.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at edonald@bnd.com or 239-2507.