BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - A Bay St. Louis man will spend the next 25 years in prison after pleading guilty this week to sex crimes against two children.
Matthew Timothy Davis, 27, was charged with Exploitation of a Child, Sexual Battery of a juvenile over the age of thirteen, and Touching for Lustful Purposes involving two victims.
The investigation began in May 2014 during an online sting operation conducted by Bay St. Louis police detectives assigned to the Gulf Coast Cyber Crimes Task Force. Davis arranged to meet who he believed was a 14-year old girl for sex at a house in downtown Bay St. Louis. He was actually corresponding online with members of the Task Force. He was arrested as he approached the agreed meeting place.
"During the course of the investigation, Bay St. Louis Police also learned that in January 2010, at the age of 21, Davis had engaged in sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old. Davis was arrested for Exploitation of a Child and Sexual Battery and posted bond. There is no statute of limitations on sex crimes involving children, so Davis could also be prosecuted for the 2010 offense," said Assistant District Attorney Chris Daniel, who prosecuted the case.
In February 2015, Davis was arrested again by the Waveland Police Department for Touching for Lustful Purposes. The Waveland Police Department received a report that Davis had fondled a 9-year-old child. The child's aunt observed Davis touching the child under a blanket through the window of the family's trailer.
"The child was subsequently interviewed by a forensic interviewer where she disclosed the molestation. As a result, the defendant's bond on the original arrest was revoked pending resolution of all charges," said ADA Daniel.
During his plea hearing, Davis said, "I know what I did was wrong. I am sorry."
Circuit Court Judge Larry Bourgeois sentenced Davis to 40 years and suspended 15 years, leaving 25 years to serve in prison. Because of the nature of his crimes, the defendant will serve the entire 25 years in prison without the hope or possibility of parole. Upon his release he will have to complete five years of post-release supervision and register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
"The work of both police departments and the Gulf Coast Cyber Crimes Task Force are perfect examples of the coast law enforcement commitment to protection of children and prosecution of those who prey upon them for the own selfish desires," District Attorney Joel Smith said.