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Man receives 40 year sentence for raping 4-year-old girl

CANTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Madison and Rankin Counties' District Attorney Michael Guest announced on Thursday that Tawarius Donta Sanders was sentenced to serve 40 years for sexual battery involving a 4-year old girl. 

According to Guest, Sanders will serve 20 years of the sentence without the possibility of probation, parole or early release.  The last 20 years of his sentence will be suspended and he will also have to register as a sex offender.  We are told that when he is released he will be on supervised probation for five years.

On December 29, 2012, the Canton Police Department was contacted by the Madison River Oaks Hospital regarding a four year child girl, who was a victim of sexual assault. 

We are told that the mother of the little girl informed officials that her daughter had been to Sanders' home and when she returned told her mother what had happened.  Police say that after learning of the abuse the mother immediately sought medical help for her child. 

The Canton Police Department was able to obtain text messages sent by Sanders that verified the information received by the child's mother.

Guest says that Sanders was arrested and made a statement to law enforcement, admitting that he had inappropriately touched the girl. 

Law enforcement also collected a rape kit of the child at the hospital.

Officials tell us that the rape kit was submitted to the Mississippi State Crime Laboratory for testing.  The initial tests showed that the rape kit contained bodily fluids that were determined to be semen.  Subsequent tests showed that Sanders DNA was present and confirmed that Sanders had sexually assaulted the little girl, according to Guest.

Guest stated, "While the District Attorney's Office does not release the name of victims that have been sexually assaulted, it is important to continue sending the message that we will protect our children from predators like Sanders.  Sanders has now been removed from our community and sent to prison where he will be unable to harm another child."

Guest concluded, "The Canton Police Department and the Mississippi State Crime Laboratory did an outstanding job of investigating this case and obtaining the hard evidence we needed to prosecute and convict Sanders.  Without their hard work Sanders would still be walking the streets and exposing our children to harm."

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