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Moss Point man sentenced to 25 years for sexual assault of daughter


A Moss Point man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison without the possibility of parole for sexually assaulting his biological daughter in March of 2012.

A Jackson County jury found James Terrial Jones, 38, guilty of sexual battery on Tuesday. Friday, he learned his fate.

“As a parent, this defendant committed the most heinous act upon his daughter,” said District Attorney Tony Lawrence. “Children are supposed to be protected and nurtured by their parents. But instead, this defendant put his depraved sexual desires above this child’s interests. He violated the laws of this state and of nature.”

According to Lawrence, the victim was just 15 years old at the time of the abuse.

“I am proud of the courage this child showed in telling of the abuse almost immediately, and continuing to work with law enforcement throughout the investigation and prosecution of this case,” said Assistant District Attorney Kathlyn Van Buskirk. “I hope that her courage gives other victims strength to come forward against their abusers.”

In addition to his prison sentence, Jones was also ordered to pay a $2,000 fine and make a $1,000 contribution to the Mississippi Children’s Trust Fund.

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