Mississippi man sentenced for sexual abuse of 5-year-old

April 5, 2018 GMT

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man who pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a 5-year-old girl has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.

News outlets report 27-year-old Curtis Wathen was arrested after the child’s mother found a pornographic video of her daughter on Wathen’s cellphone in June 2017.

An investigation that included interviews with the child and a medical examination concluded that the child had been abused for at least a month. Prosecutor Chris Daniel says Wather confessed, adding the defendant recorded two incidents of abuse.

Wathen pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual battery and two counts of child exploitation, and was sentenced Wednesday. He’s not eligible for parole and will serve 10 years on post-release supervision.

Wathen will also have to register as a sex offender upon release.