Crime

Moss Point man convicted of molesting girl headed to prison

Samuel Hannah
Samuel Hannah

JACKSON COUNTY -- A Moss Point man will serve 13 years day-for-day in prison for molesting a child under his care.

Samuel David Hannah Jr., 54, pleaded guilty May 23 to two counts of touching of a child for lustful purposes. He's accused of fondling the minor girl over a six-year period beginning when she was 9 years old.

Circuit Judge Dale Harkey sentenced Hannah to 15 years on one count, with 13 years to serve day-for-day and two years under post-release supervision. The judge sentenced him to 15 years under post-release supervision on the second charge, to run consecutively to the first sentence.

In addition, Harkey fined Hannah $1,000 and ordered him to pay $250 to the Victim's Compensation Fund and an additional $1,000 to the Mississippi Children's Trust Fund.

Hannah was also ordered not to have any contact with the victim upon his release and to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

The maximum penalty for a touching charge is up to 15 years.

"I commend the investigation of the Moss Point Police Department on this case, who helped hold the defendant accountable for his actions upon this young girl," Assistant District Attorney NeShondria Ellerby said. "The victim's family was satisfied with the sentencing recommendation and I am glad that we were able to resolve this case without the victim having to relive the trauma by testifying at trial."

District Attorney Tony Lawrence added: "All too often we see adults abuse the trust placed in them by children in order to satisfy their lustful desires. Children should be protected by adults, not abused by them."

Hannah had no previous felony convictions.

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