JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - An Ocean Springs man will spend the next three decades behind bars for sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl, and keeping an explicit picture of it on his phone.
Christopher Shaw, 29, entered a guilty plea Tuesday in Jackson County. He pleaded guilty to similar charges in Stone County.
"This defendant not only abused this young girl, but he further traumatized her by memorializing the abuse with a photograph," District Attorney Tony Lawrence said. "I commend the joint investigation of the Jackson County and Stone County Sheriff's Department, who worked tirelessly to ensure that this defendant was held accountable for his actions."
The abuse occurred between May and August of 2013.
Judge Robert Krebs sentenced Shaw to 40 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections; 30 years of which will be served day for day. The remainder will be served on Post Release Supervision. Shaw must also pay a $250 fine for the Sexual Battery charge and a $50,000 fine ($45,000 suspended, leaving a $5,000 fine) for the Exploitation charge, court costs, and $250 to the Crime Victim's Compensation Fund. Shaw will also have to register as a sex offender after he's released.
"I hope this 30 year, day for day, sentence sends a message that law enforcement along the Coast will work together to protect our children from abuse," Lawrence said.
"Today, Mr. Shaw was held accountable for the sexual abuse and exploitation he committed here in Jackson County. He preyed on a young impressionable girl in order to satisfy his depraved desires," Assistant District Attorney Angel Myers said. "I am proud that justice was served for her today."