Jury convicts Kiln man of child molestation | Crime
On Wednesday, Robert Deyarmett, 41, of Kiln was convicted of two counts of touching a child for lustful purposes.
A Hancock County jury deliberated just over an hour before finding Deyarmett guilty, according to an announcement made by the Second Circuit Court District Attorney Joel Smith.
Deyarmett was arrested April 3, 2011 after the 5-year-old victim's mother and grandmother told authorities he inappropriately touched the child.
At the time Deyarmett was considered a family aqaintance to the victim's family, officials said.
During a two day trial the victim and the victim's mother and grandmother testified about the incident. The medical personnel who examined the child after the molestation also testified.
Prosecutors for this case were Matthew Burrell and Alison Baker. Burrell said a crime lab expert testified that the Mississippi Crime Laboratory ran tests on a portion of the victim's clothing and discovered fluid that matched the DNA of Deyarmett.
“The courage of the victim, the thoroughness of the investigation by the Sheriff’s Department and the assistance of the Hancock Medical staff all resulted in today’s conviction” said District Attorney Smith. “These convictions are so important and we have to remain vigilant in protecting the children of our community.”
According to District Attorney Joel Smith's office, Judge Lisa Dobson sentenced him to a maximum of 15 years for each count and ran them consecutive of each other for a total of thirty years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Dodson suspended 15 of those years, leaving 15 years to serve.
Officials said, he will not be eligible for parole or early release and must serve his sentence day for day. Once he is released he will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.