Pass Christian man faces sex-crime charges against children

Kenneth West
Kenneth West

A Pass Christian man is accused of having sexual contact with two children in 2014, Harrison County sheriff's officials said.

Kenneth West, 51, was arrested Friday on a charge of molestation of a child, a charge of rape and two sexual assault charges.

Sheriff Troy Peterson said family members of one child on May 5 contacted sheriff's investigators as well as police authorities from another state.

The investigation revealed West had sexual contact with a child while he lived with the victim in 2014, Peterson said, and sheriff's investigators later learned West had sexual contact with another child during the same period in Harrison County.

West is held at the Harrison County jail on a $500,000 bond set by Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray.