December 17, 2008
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472
Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Tyshuna Cooper Ross was found guilty last week by a Madison County Jury of sexual battery and gratification of lust involving a 12-year-old boy.
Sentencing is scheduled for February 2, 2009. Ross could face up to a maximum sentence of 15 years for the gratification of lust conviction and a maximum sentence of one day short of her life expectancy for the sexual battery conviction.
Guest stated, “We are seeing these types of crimes escalating and this conviction will hopefully go a long way toward reversing this trend.”
Guest concluded, “Ross is now a convicted sexual offender and I am proud that other children will now be safe from her seduction.”
On July 3, 2007, Ross called boys, ages 12 to 14, and told them she had been locked out of her house and asked them to meet her in her carport. When the boys arrived, they saw Ross drinking alcohol. Ross offered the boys vodka and they accepted. They later went into the woods where they continued to drink and then she and the 12-year old victim began to kiss.
The following day, Ross again contacted the victim on his cell phone and told him she did not have a place to stay for the night. Ross had an adult friend drive her over to and drop her off outside the victim’s residence. The victim helped Ross sneak into his bedroom, where they engaged in sexual intercourse. Later that night the mother of the victim walked into the victim’s bedroom to find Ross in bed with her son.
The victim, who had a relationship with Ross’ daughter, later told officers that Ross had previously provided him with alcohol and that she had seduced him and they did have intercourse. A condom package was located in the victim’s room by the victim’s mother.
A warrant was issued for the arrest of Ross and she was arrested several days later. She spoke with law enforcement and admitted to providing alcohol to the victim and to sneaking into his room, but she denied that she engaged in any sexual contact with the victim.