April 24, 2012
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472
Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today, following a multi-day trial, that Malcolm Clifton Weeks was found guilty on two counts of sexual battery and one count of gratification of lust involving a 14-year-old girl.
Weeks was sentenced to serve 60 years in the custody of the Department of Corrections, with the last 15 years suspended. Weeks will have to serve the remaining 45 years day-for-day in prison without the possibility of parole or early release. In addition, he will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from custody.
On September 19, 2010, the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department was called about a sexual assault of a minor. Law enforcement learned that earlier that day an adult in the house observed Weeks coming out of the child’s room. The victim was asked by that adult if Weeks had been touching her inappropriately. The victim confirmed that Weeks had been molesting her and stated it had been going on for several months.
The Sheriff’s Department, after speaking with the child and her mother, advised them to go directly to The University of Mississippi Medical Center where a rape kit would be performed. The Department of Human Services and the Children’s Advocacy Center were also contacted.
Using Y Filer DNA the DNA profile of the defendant was identified. A DNA expert from Scales Biological Laboratory testified that the DNA profile identified matched the profile of Weeks.
An interview was later conducted at the Mississippi Children’s Advocacy Center, where the victim disclosed that Weeks had been coming into her room and sexually assaulting her. The child stated that it had been going on for the last three months.
Guest stated, “The victim in this case was extremely brave and she did one of the hardest things that one can do in this situation – she came forward and told her story of being sexually abused.”
Guest added, “When a little girl cannot trust the person who is supposed to keep her safe from harm and instead sexually abuses her, then he deserves to go to jail for a very long time. Weeks is a sick individual who will pay for his actions by spending most, if not all, of the rest of his life in prison where he will no longer have an opportunity to hurt another child.”
Guest added, “The combined efforts of law enforcement, the Department of Human Services, the Mississippi Children’s Advocacy Center and the medical personnel who recovered the DNA evidence allowed the DA’s Office to present overwhelming evidence to the jury of Weeks’ guilt. I cannot thank Sheriff Bailey and his staff enough for their professionalism and hard work.”