Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman announced, Friday morning, the sentences of two men, David Milcendeau, 58, of Waynesville, and Darien Kissel, 20, of Richland, who were prosecuted for sexual crimes against children.
Milcendeau, a former police officer, was arrested in July 2015 by the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department (PCSD) for Child Molestation in the First Degree and Statutory Sodomy in the First Degree.
Milcendeau was the subject of a press release by then, Sheriff Ronald Long, at the time of his arrest because a deputy was injured by a vicious dog owned by Milcendeau. The deputy suffered "significant, but not serious, injury" during the arrest.
Milcendeau was convicted of both charges, according to Hillman, and a jury recommended that he be sentenced to life imprisonment plus fifteen years. The case was prosecuted by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Ken Clayton and Bryce Crowley in Phelps County, as the case was moved there on a change of venue. Judge Beger followed the Phelps County jury's recommendation.
Kissel pleaded guilty to Statutory Sodomy in the First Degree at a pretrial conference, Hillman reported.
Kissel's charges stemmed from several incidents where he allegedly sexually assaulted a five-year-old child last year while she was in his care. The probable cause statement in Kissel's case asked that he be charged with Statutory Rape in the first degree, Statutory Sodomy in the first degree, Child Molestation in the first degree, Sexual Misconduct Involving a Child, Sexual Abuse, and Furnishing Pornographic Material to a Minor.
Richland Police Department investigated Kissel's case and it was prosecuted by Hillman and Clayton.
Judge Hickle sentenced Kissel to 30 years in the Department of Corrections, after he pleaded guilty to Statutory Sodomy.
“I am very proud that my office has sent five sex offenders to prison for significant prison sentences this month,” Hillman said. “Getting these sex offenders off the street and into prison makes Pulaski County a safer place to live. I want to commend the excellent police work of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and Richland Police Departments for their investigation of these cases. I also want to thank the efforts of the staff at Kids’ Harbor for their work on these cases. Finally, I want to commend my staff for their hard work getting sentences such as these.”