Former Cop Pleads Guilty To Statutory Rape - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Former Cop Pleads Guilty To Statutory Rape

GULFPORT, MISSISSIPPI (Mississippi News Now) - A former Long Beach police officer has admitted  having sex with a 15-year-old girl and meeting her for sex while on duty. 45 year old Patrick Anthony Klis pleaded guilty Friday afternoon to two counts of Statutory Rape in the Harrison County Courthouse according to District Attorney Joel Smith.
   
The investigation began in April 2014 after the parents of a friend of the victim reported the alleged relationship to the Harrison County Sheriff's Department. Investigators determined Klis began seeing the girl in October 2013 when the victim was 14 years old. The relationship became sexual after the girl turned 15 according to the DA.
    
Forensic investigators found fake Facebook accounts Klis and the victim used to communicate. Authorities also retrieved sexually explicit instant messages between the two.
    
Klis faces up to 60 years in prison. After accepting his plea, Circuit Court Judge Chris Schmidt ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set a sentencing hearing for January 28, 2016.

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