Man charged with sexual battery of girlfriend's child

Man charged with sexual battery of girlfriend's child

STONE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A Jackson County man will spend the next 30 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections, according to District Attorney Joel Smith. Smith said 29-year-old Christopher Shaw pled guilty to sexual battery Monday afternoon before Roger Clark in the Stone County Courthouse.

According to Smith, in 2013, Shaw was having an inappropriate relationship with his girlfriend's 12-year-old daughter. The relationship was uncovered by the victim's father, who was separated from the mother.

The father reportedly found graphic and inappropriate text messages on his daughter's phone sent by Shaw. That's when the victim's father reported his discovery to authorities.

"During the investigation, it was determined the inappropriate activity occurred at the defendant's residence in Jackson County and at a residence in the McHenry area of Stone County, where the 12-year-old victim lived," said Assistant District Attorney Matthew Burrell, who prosecuted the case.

Authorities also learned the inappropriate behavior occurred repeatedly over the course of several months at both the Jackson County and Stone County residences. Smith said after his arrest, Shaw admitted to the crime.

"Studies have taught us that the majority of child sex abuse crimes are committed by perpetrators who either live in the victim's home or have routine access to the child via relationships with them or their family members." said Smith. "Judge Clark's sentence in this case recognizes the lasting effects the abuse will have on the victim and her family for years to come."

Shaw is required to serve his sentence day for day without early release or parole, due to the nature of the crime. Once he is released, he'll have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

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