Escambia County Sex Offender Gets 30 Years For New Child Sex Crimes

March 9, 2021

A 39-year old sex offender has been sentenced to 30 years in state prison for the abuse of multiple Escambia County children.

Escambia County Circuit Court Judge Gary Bergosh sentenced Joseph Dewayne Philyaw to 30 years in state prison. He  pleaded to four counts of sexual battery while in the position of familial or custodial authority and three counts of battery of a child while expelling certain fluids.

Once he is released from prison, Philyaw will be required to register as a sexual predator for the remainder of his life.

In August and September of 2018, the children disclosed to family members that Philyaw had abused them in the past. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and the Gulf Coast Kid’s House launched an investigation that led to Philyaw’s arrest and subsequent conviction.

Philyaw was previously convicted of child sex crimes in 2002. He was also convicted of failing to register as a sex offender in 2005 in Bay County and 2013 in Escambia County.


9 Responses to “Escambia County Sex Offender Gets 30 Years For New Child Sex Crimes”

  1. Shirley Hales on March 10th, 2021 12:35 pm

    Watch out for Big Bertha when you go to prison, he’s waiting for you!

  2. JTV on March 9th, 2021 12:09 pm

    7.5 years per count as a repeat offender. Seems like the judge couldn’t care less about the terrorized children. The kids are scarred for life, this piece of trash gets to fantasize about his victims for the rest of his life. Hopefully prison justice will find him.
    Come on DAs and Judges, wake up and start doing your jobs.

  3. Mom on March 9th, 2021 12:04 pm

    Have either of you thought to call the police? What do you think the store manager can do? NOTHING. Confronting him will only make him want to do it even more. Call the ESCO

  4. You got that right on March 9th, 2021 11:39 am

    @ Valerie Godwin
    I know EXACTLY who your talking about! And it makes me absolutely sick to know he stands out there EVERY DAY.. and most people in molino knows he is more than just a sex offender. He makes his living standing out there ruining other people’s lives by what he does (not just being a sex offender). I have also called him out on it and no one else seems to care. I know the kids he has harmed and he is truly a monster. All I can do is let others know who he is and what he does.. we all know where people like him will spend eternity.

  5. SueB on March 9th, 2021 9:48 am

    Some bleeding hearts will say give this man a Second Chance. I do hope he has to serve the entire 30 years and not out for good behavior. I feel for the victims as it will always stay in their mind what happened. Therapy will help but later on in years something will trigger their minds about the pass.

  6. Sharon Colbert on March 9th, 2021 8:36 am

    I hope this monster never makes it out of jail to hurt another innocent child! Monsters don’t change!

  7. Deborah Daugherty on March 9th, 2021 8:21 am

    Hope he gets what he did to those poor kids done to him..

  8. Sherryll on March 9th, 2021 7:30 am

    He’s a repeat offender, but you’re going to let him out anyway. Seriously? So he can traumatize more children? It’s time to do something about these people. Registering doesn’t do anything.

  9. Valerie Godwin on March 9th, 2021 6:38 am

    My heart goes out to the children, its never fair to the children it happens to. There is a child sex offender that stands out side the 1st stop In molino fl, i showed the owner proof of what he was convicted of. And how the kids he put his sick hands on.its not judging when the judge says he is guilty…he is registered a permanent sex offender…..

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