Kenneth Lamar Harris was in Jones County Superior Court May 23 to plead guilty to the crimes that involved a girl under the age of 16 and took place at a local auction.
Harris’ sentences will run concurrently for a total of 20 years, and he was allowed to serve the sentence on probation.
Assistant District Attorney Keagan Waystack prosecuted the case and told the court that Harris met the victim on the internet, but it was the juvenile who contacted him.
“He met her at the auction and made contact in a trailer on two occasions,” Waystack stated.
Harris was indicted by a Jones County grand jury Dec. 3, 2012.
The crime that led to the defendant’s arrest occurred March 20, 2011, and the prosecutor stated that the contact was completely consensual. Waystack told the court the reason the state did not ask any prison time to be served was that the victim initiated the contact and did not object. The defendant had no previous criminal history.
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