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Rankin County sex offender fails to appear in court

source: DA's office source: DA's office
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Rankin County man is convicted of gratification of lust after failing to appear for trial.

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Marcus Ethan Garrett was convicted by a jury of gratification of lust involving a 12-year- old child.

After failing to appear for his trial he was tried in his absence.

Garrett is currently set to be sentenced on Monday in front of Judge Ratcliff, but sentencing may be continued if Garrett has not been arrested and returned to custody.

Any sentence imposed will be served in its entirety without the possibility of probation, parole, or early release and upon release from custody Garrett must register as a sexual offender.

On December 27, 2014, the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by a family member who reported that the 12-year-old victim had, on previous occasions, been left alone in the care of Garrett and that during that time Garrett had masturbated in front of the child.

Law enforcement then made arraignments for a forensic interview of the child to be conducted by the Mississippi Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC).

During the forensic interview conducted by the CAC, the child disclosed that Garrett had inappropriately touched her and had masturbated in her presence.

It was also determined that the events occurred at a residence located on Bradford Drive in Rankin County.

A warrant was issued for Garrett’s arrest.

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