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Closing arguments begin Thursday in sex crimes case

RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Closing arguments will begin Thursday morning in the trial of a former volunteer fire chief accused of sexually molesting a child.

55-year-old Steven Boggs is the former fire chief of the Star Volunteer Fire Department. He has been charged with Gratification of Lust. After the State rested Wednesday, Boggs took the stand pleading his innocence.

During the trial, we learned from a Rankin County investigator there are several children involved in the case. The investigator painted the picture to jurors recalling what one of the children said during her initial interview.

"Then what happens after he counts to three? She said, he gets up. I say, then what does he do? She says, he tries to touch me. And I say, does he sit next to you or and she interrupts me and says, he stands over me," said Kristen Barton.

One of the victims testified Wednesday.

District Attorney Michael Guest says the alleged crime involving this specific trial happened sometime between May 1, 2009 and June 30, 2009.

If convicted, Boggs faces at least 15 years in prison.

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