September 18, 2009
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472
Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Lester D. Smith received a 30-year sentence, through a plea arrangement, for sexual battery involving a Madison County minor. Fifteen years will be suspended. Smith will be required to serve every day of his sentence and will be required to register as a sexual offender upon his release. In addition, he will be placed on probation for five years.
Guest stated“Lester Smith is a pedophile who forced a 12 year old child to perform a sexual act on him. Smith’s actions will forever scar this child and his family. I do hope by placing Smith in the state penitentiary that the victim will be able to take his first step toward healing.”
Guest added, “I cannot say enough good things about the actions of the Canton Police Department. Within hours of the case being reported, Smith was arrested. My office will continue working with the Canton Police Department and other law enforcement agencies to see that criminals like Smith are removed from our community.” Guest concluded, “It is my hope, that through this sentence, we have protected other children from Smith.”
On December 3, 2008, the Canton Police Department responded to a call at the Madison County Medical Center regarding a young boy who had been taken to the hospital following a sexual assault. The victim’s mother disclosed to hospital personnel and law enforcement that her son had been sexually abused.
During their investigation, law enforcement officials determined that Smith forced the minor to perform oral sex on him in a bathroom. A second minor child was in the building when the assault occurred and told authorities that she became suspicious that something was going on and looked under the bathroom door and observed the minor child performing oral sex on Smith.
The victim told investigators that this was the third time this sexual act had occurred and Smith threatened to harm him if he told anyone about the incidents. A warrant was issued for Smith the same day and he was arrested.