Crime

Vancleave man admits touching teen's breasts

Michael Hilton
Michael Hilton

PASCAGOULA -- A Vancleave man admitted Wednesday he molested a 15-year-old girl.

Michael Jacob Hilton, 32, pleaded guilty to touching of a child for lustful purposes.

Jackson County deputies arrested him in December 2013 after the girl told a relative he had unhooked her bra, touched her breasts and kissed her.

In court, Hilton admitted touching the girl's breasts.

Circuit Judge Kathy King Jackson set his sentencing for July 22.

The maximum penalty for the crime is 15 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Prosecutors have recommended a sentence of 15 years, with two years to serve.

The girl and her supporters attended the plea hearing, as did Hilton's family and his supporters.

He remains free on bond pending sentencing, with orders from the judge to have no contact with the girl.

Assistant District Attorney Kathlyn Van Buskirk is prosecuting the case.

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