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Moss Point man gets 18 years for sexual battery, child exploitation

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) -

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - John Allen Wilson, 36, learned Thursday that he will spend the next 18 years in prison for one count each of child exploitation and sexual battery. Wilson pleaded guilty last month to committing sexual battery on a 13-year-old girl.

Wilson was an acquaintance of the child's family, and had taken her on a boat ride on the Escatawpa River. After the incident in April 2008, the girl told her mother what happened.

During their investigation, authorities found sexually explicit videos on Wilson's computer that he had downloaded.

"Unfortunately, we are continuing to see these types of crimes. As long as individuals sexually abuse children, or perpetuate it by sharing child pornography, I hope they will recognize that they will be held accountable for their actions. Children should not be the subject of adult perversions. I hope eighteen years day for day sends that message," said District Attorney Tony Lawrence.

Judge Robert Krebs sentenced Wilson to 40 years and 20 years, respectively, and ordered that Wilson serve 18 years day-for-day without eligibility for parole or early release. The causes will run concurrent and Wilson will have to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.

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