Crime

Ex-Moss Point campus officer may enter a plea in sex crimes case

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 Kevin Sylvester Williams
MARGARET BAKER/SUN HERALD Kevin Sylvester Williams

PASCAGOULA -- A former Moss Point High School campus police officer accused of sex crimes against at least two former students and another minor declined to comment on his case during a court appearance Monday.

Circuit Judge Kathy King Jackson on Monday set a May 9 status hearing in the case of Kevin Sylvester Williams, 50, who prosecutors say is considering a plea in the case and may enter it then.

A Jackson County grand jury indicted Williams, who listed his home address in Pascagoula in court records, on three counts of touching of a child for lustful purposes and one count of sexual battery, all while in a position of trust or authority over the minors.

Williams is accused of touching a 15-year-old student on the buttocks for his sexual gratification between Oct. 1, 2009, and Nov. 30, 2009.

Between Oct. 1, 2009, and Nov. 30, 2009, Williams is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student and fondling her breasts.

In addition, between Aug. 1, 2010, and May 31, 2011, Williams fondled and kissed another minor's breasts. The 14-year-old victim was not a Moss Point student but, records say, he held a position of trust or authority over the child.

Williams pleaded not guilty early on.

He worked as a campus police officer in the Moss Point school system from Aug. 4, 1999, to May 31, 2011, according to Shannon Vincent, the school system's superintendent.

Williams came to court dressed in jeans and short sleeved green shirt. He sat in the back of the court.

Sexual battery carries a maximum sentence of up to 30 years in prison. Touching of a child for lustful purposes is punishable by up to 15 years in prison for anyone found guilty of committing the crimes while in a position of trust or authority.

Williams, court records indicate, started working for Ingalls Shipbuilding after leaving the school system.

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