A Dallas man with ties to the Dayton and Kenefick area, Billy Gene Shook III, 54, will spend the rest of his natural life in prison for the continued sexual abuse of his stepchildren.
During his trial which began earlier this week and was held in the Honorable Judge Chap Cain’s 253rd State District courtroom, jurors heard testimony from Shook’s three stepchildren. regarding her grooming as a teenager before initiating sexual acts in their tween and teen. years. He met the children’s mother in 2000 and moved the family to the Dayton area, where the sexual abuse began.
“He started sexually assaulting the eldest daughter, then the second daughter and finally the son. He beat them, verbally and sexually assaulted them,” Liberty County District Attorney Jennifer Bergman said. “There were no red flags in his criminal record before that.”
Finally, about 10 years ago, the stepson caused an uproar with his mother and sister. The crime was reported to the sheriff’s office but the investigation dragged on for a few years.
“In 2018, the girls left the state and they contacted the sheriff’s office and the district attorney’s office to see if there was any progress in the case,” Bergman said. “It has become a priority”
In 2019, Shook was indicted by a Liberty County grand jury on two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a young child and one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child. He has been held in Liberty County Jail on $100,000 bond since January 2019.
In January 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic began, which delayed the prosecution of all criminal cases statewide by several months.
“This was one of the oldest cases the Liberty County District Attorney’s Office had. After the pandemic, we scheduled him for trial and lobbied for him to be prosecuted,” said Bergmann.
Earlier this week, the two of her three stepchildren were airlifted from the Pacific West Coast and Illinois to join the third brother who lives in the area, and they confronted their attacker, telling the grand jury how Shook had raped them, forcing them to perform oral sex and forcing a girl who was pregnant with Shook’s child to have an abortion.
“Everyone in the courtroom was moved hearing their stories,” Bergman said.
The successful prosecution of the case and the ensuing life sentence without the possibility of parole means that Shook will never walk the streets as a free man again.
“The cases have been separated. We prosecuted him for the worst of three, and he was sentenced to life. The other two cases will not go forward, but he will die in prison,” Bergman said.