GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A Gulfport man will have to spend the next 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually abusing a six-year-old child.
George Edward Curtis, 61, was actually sentenced to 25 years, but seven of those years were suspended. Curtis will not be eligible for parole, and must register as a sex offender once released.
The sexual battery conviction stems from a July 23, 2012 report from the child's guardian. Curtis was an acquaintance of a family member.
Investigators said the child first confided to the guardian about the abuse about a month after it occurred. That adult, in turn, immediately called Gulfport Police.
"In addition to the detectives for the Gulfport Police Department who were able to provide evidence of the abuse, the interviewing of the victim by the Child Advocacy Center was integral to today's convictions and should be commended," said Assistant District Attorney Crosby Parker, who prosecuted the case on behalf of the state.
"Fortunately, the child was spared the additional trauma of having to testify before a jury and was able to receive justice today."