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Saucier man sentenced for sexual battery of child

29-year-old Hal Benton Broadus. (Photo source: Harrison County Sheriff's Department) 29-year-old Hal Benton Broadus. (Photo source: Harrison County Sheriff's Department)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

A Saucier man will serve least 20 years behind bars after pleading guilty to one count of sexual battery of a child. Harrison County Sheriff’s deputies say the child was under the age of 14.

Circuit Court Judge Christopher Schmidt ordered 29-year-old Hal Benton Broadus to serve 20 years in prison followed by five years of post-release supervision.

District Attorney Joel Smith says the conviction stems from a report from the child’s guardian in March, 2014.

After investigating the situation, deputies were able to determine when the crime took place.

Detectives say the crime happened when the child was alone at a family gathering. Smith says this conviction is an example of the zero tolerance for this type of crime in the community.  

 “This conviction and Judge Schmidt’s sentence are another example of the stand being taken in our community that those who prey on children will be prosecuted and punished severely for their crimes,” said Smith.

Smith says Broadus must register as a sex offender once he is released. Smith also said Broadus’ sentence will be served day for day without the eligibility of probation or parole. 

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