Crime

Transgender man from Lucedale admits having sex with transgender minor

Krishna "Kris" Maroney was expected to enter a plea in Jackson County Court but Judge Dale Harkey set a trial date instead. Maroney will go on trial, July 25, on charges of sexual battery of a transgender minor.
Krishna "Kris" Maroney was expected to enter a plea in Jackson County Court but Judge Dale Harkey set a trial date instead. Maroney will go on trial, July 25, on charges of sexual battery of a transgender minor. ttisbell@sunherald.com

A Lucedale transgender man pleaded guilty Monday to sex crimes against a transgender minor.

Krishna “Kris” Maroney, 24, pleaded guilty to six counts of sexual battery and one count of touching of a child for lustful purposes.

Four of the sexual battery charges and the one touching charge are for crimes committed against the minor in George County. Those crimes occurred between Oct. 31 and Dec. 31, 2012.

The two sexual battery charges are for crimes committed against the same victim in Jackson County between Nov. 15 and Dec. 25, 2013.

Maroney and the child had allegedly been involved in a dating relationship, but the child was under the age of 16, according to the indictment.

Judge Dale Harkey deferred sentencing until Sept. 2 while a pre-sentence investigative report is prepared. Maroney remains free on bond pending sentencing.

Assistant District Attorney Cherie Wade is prosecuting the case.

A George County grand jury had indicted Maroney on eight counts of sexual battery, two counts of touching of a child for lustful purposes and two counts of aggravated domestic violence, though she pleaded guilty to five charges in the case.

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.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and the George County Sheriff’s Department investigated the cases.

Margaret Baker: 228-896-0538, @Margar45

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