Earlier this week, Michael Alexander, age 67, was convicted of Touching of a Child for Lustful Purposes by a Stone County jury. 

District Attorney W. Crosby Parker announced in a statement today that the jury deliberated less than 45 minutes before returning a guilty verdict. 

Alexander was originally arrested and investigated by the Stone County Sheriff’s Department in 2019 after the initial report notified authorities.

Circuit Court Judge Lisa Dodson presided over the trial. 

During the trial, the jury heard testimony from the victim about Alexander’s actions.

“She described how the defendant, a family friend, would initially take her to baseball games, hunting and fishing,” DA Parker said in a press release. “She told the jury the defendant then starting using those events as an opportunity to molest her. She described how the defendant molested her at his residence on Key Street in Wiggins and his business on Thelma Andrews Road. The jury was also given copies of text messages the defendant sent the victim, which were sexual in nature.”

The jury heard testimony from other evidence which led to Alexander’s conviction as well.

“Finally, the jury heard two separate recordings where the defendant admitted that he molested the victim, who was 14 and 15 at the time of the crimes,” Assistant District Attorney Matthew Burrell said.

Burrell and Jeremy Necaise prosecuted the case.

“Our office will continue to vigorously prosecute individuals who prey on children. The victim in this case showed courage and strength in coming forward to report these crimes, continuing to assist in the prosecution, and testifying against her perpetrator. We thank the Child Advocacy Center and the Stone County Sheriff’s Office for their work on this case and their commitment to protecting children,,” DA Parker said. 

After the jury returned its verdict, the defendant requested a presentence report and investigation, which was granted by the Court. 

The defendant was taken into custody and sentencing is set for June 27, 2022 in Biloxi, MS.

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