Crime

Transgender man faces more sex-crime charges in Jackson County

Krishna Maroney, 24, faces two charges of sexual battery of a transgender minor, in addition to the charges Maroney faces in George County.
Krishna Maroney, 24, faces two charges of sexual battery of a transgender minor, in addition to the charges Maroney faces in George County.

JACKSON COUNTY -- A Jackson County grand jury has indicted a Lucedale transgender man on two additional charges of sexual battery of a transgender minor, court records show.

Krishna "Kris" Maroney, 24, is accused of engaging in sex acts with the youngster two times between Nov. 15 and Dec. 25, 2013, in Jackson County. Maroney is set for an arraignment on those charges next week.

Maroney and the child were allegedly involved in a dating relationship.

Maroney is out of jail on a $100,000 bond on 12 other felony charges in George County involving the same person.

In that case, a George County grand jury found sufficient evidence to indict Maroney on eight counts of sexual battery, two counts of touching of a child for lustful purposes and two counts of aggravated domestic violence.

Maroney has pleaded not guilty to George County charges. The alleged crimes occurred there between Oct. 31 and Dec. 31, 2012.

Maroney's attorney, Adam Miller, declined to comment after Maroney's initial arrest.

George County sheriff's Sgt. J.D. Savage said an investigation began in August after the child reported the allegations.

Savage said it's not uncommon for "young victims" to report an incident long after it was committed.

"It's actually normal to have a timeline like this," Savage said.

Sexual battery carries a maximum sentence of 20 years, and a charge of touching of a child for lustful purposes is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Aggravated domestic violence carries a maximum sentence of up to 20 years.

If convicted on all counts, Maroney could go to prison for life.

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