Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472
Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today, following a three-day trial, the verdict for convicted child molester Joseph Cook. Cook received two life sentences plus 20 years for sexual battery and directing or causing a felony to be committed by a person under 17 years of age.
On April 23, 2012, the mother of the victims came to the Pearl Police Department to report her 10-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son had been sexually assaulted at the hands of Cook. The mother stated that she had left her children in his care while she was at work on a Saturday. She stated that her daughter had confided in her great grandmother what had occurred at the hands of Cook. Following the disclosure to her great grandmother the mother reported it to the police.
The daughter was interviewed by the Mississippi Community Education Center. She revealed Cook forced her to watch pornography on his cell phone and then Cook took her into the bedroom and sexually assaulted the 10 year old child. Cook later forced the children to engage in improper conduct with each other. Cook then made both children take a bath before their mother returned from work. Cook threatened the victims by promising to “burn down their house” and “poison their food” if they told their mother about what occurred.
Cook was questioned by the Pearl Police Department and he denied that he had abused the children. Cook was given a lie detector test, and he failed the polygraph examination. Cook was subsequently arrested on these charges.
The children were examined by Regan Doleac, of the Children’s Justice Center, who concluded that the children had been the victims of sexual abuse.
Guest stated, “No child should become the victim of sexual assault. Children are the most vulnerable among us and must be protected by every aspect of the law. As parents we must be aware of those who have access to our children so they will be protected from child predators.”
Guest concluded, “Because of the hard work of the Pearl Police Department, Mississippi Community Education Center and Children’s Justice Center the jury was able to find beyond a reasonable doubt that Cook had committed these heinous acts. Cook will now spend the rest of his life in prison because he chose to harm these innocent children. With this conviction and sentence Cook will never again have the opportunity to hurt others.”
Name: Joseph Cook
Date of Birth: October 6, 1984
Address: 3535 Highway 80 East 6, Pearl, MS