Stone County man convicted of sex crime against minor

A Stone County jury deliberated just 35 minutes before finding a man guilty of a sex crime against a child.

67-year-old Michael Alexander was convicted of touching a child for lustful purposes.

The victim testified that Alexander, a family friend, would take her to baseball games and take her hunting and fishing. She said he used those events as an opportunity to molest her. He also moltested her at his home and at his business. The victim was 14 and 15 at the time of the crimes.

The jury was also given copies of text messages the defendant sent the victim, which were sexual in nature.

“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”, said Assistant District Attorney Matthew Burrell who prosecuted the case along with Jeremy Necaise.

“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.”

After the verdict was read, the defendant asked for a presentence report and investigation, which was granted. He will be sentenced June 27 in Biloxi.

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