Crime

Transgender man sent to prison for sex crimes against 13-year-old

Krishna ‘Kris’ Maroney listens in court in Jackson County Court as Judge Dale Harkey sets a trial date for him.
Krishna ‘Kris’ Maroney listens in court in Jackson County Court as Judge Dale Harkey sets a trial date for him. ttisbell@sunherald.com File

A Lucedale transgender man will serve 12 full years for sex crimes he committed against a transgender who was 13 years old at the time.

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

Four of the sexual battery charges and the touching of a child for lustful purposes crimes committed against the teen occurred in George County between Oct. 31 and Dec. 31, 2012.

The other two sexual battery crimes occurred in Jackson County between Nov. 15 and Dec. 25, 2013.

Circuit Judge Dale Harkey on Friday sentenced Maroney to 20 years in prison on each of the sexual battery charges, with 12 years to serve day for day and the remainder on post-release supervision. The sentence is concurrent on each of those charges.

The judge also fined him $1,000 on each count and ordered him to pay court costs and register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

On the touching charge, the judge sentenced Maroney to 15 years in prison, with 12 years to serve day for day, but that sentence will also run concurrently to the sexual battery sentences. He was fined an additional $1,000 on that count.

Assistant District Attorney Cherie Wade prosecuted the case.

“Our laws that protect children from sexual abuse exist for a reason,” Wade said Friday. “This defendant knew the victim’s age and understood that having a sexual relationship with him was wrong, but continued to physically and sexually abuse the victim. While I recognize that the victim will continue to suffer from the trauma of this abusive relationship, I hope that this ... sentence gives the victim and his family some semblance of justice.”

Maroney and the teen had been involved in a dating relationship.

The Jackson County and George County sheriff’s departments investigated the cases.

Margaret Baker: 228-896-0538, @Margar45

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