UPDATE:: Ex-preacher gets prison for sexual abuse of child_
A former Stone County preacher is going to prison for 22 full years for molesting a girl over a three-year period, starting when she was 11 years old.
Carlos Smith, 55, of Saucier, was sentenced Monday in Harrison County Circuit Court in Gulfport.
Smith sexually abused the girl in church and in a family member's home, according to testimony at his recent trial.
Judge Roger Clark ordered Smith to serve his prison term day for day without eligibility for probation or parole. Clark also ordered lifetime registration as a sex offender.
A former Stone County preacher has been found guilty in the sexual battery of a girl at the church he previously led, District Attorney Joel Smith said.
Carlos Smith, 55, of Saucier, was pastor of Unity Baptist Church and the girl was 11 when the sexual abuse began in 2011 and continued for three years, said the DA, no relation to Carlos Smith.
A Stone County jury delivered a guilty verdict Friday after deliberating about two hours.
Ex-preacher molested girl for 3 years at church | SunHerald