Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Tawarius Donta Sanders was sentenced to serve 40 years for sexual battery involving a 4-year old girl. Sanders will be required to serve twenty years of the sentence without the possibility of probation, parole or early release. The last twenty years of his sentence will be suspended and he will also have to register as a sex offender. Upon his release he will be on supervised probation for five years.
On December 29, 2012, the Canton Police Department was contacted by the Madison River Oaks Hospital regarding a four year child girl, who was a victim of sexual assault. The mother of the child informed law enforcement that her daughter had been to Sanders’ home and when she returned confided in her mother what had occurred. After learning of the abuse the mother immediately sought medical help for her child.
The Canton Police Department was able to obtain text messages sent by Sanders that verified the information received by the child’s mother. Sanders was arrested and made a statement to law enforcement that he had inappropriately touched the child.
Law enforcement also collected a rape kit of the child at the hospital. The rape kit was submitted to the Mississippi State Crime Laboratory for testing. The initial tests showed that the rape kit contained bodily fluids that were determined to be semen. Subsequent tests showed that Sanders DNA was present and confirmed that Sanders had sexually assaulted the little girl.
Guest stated, “While the District Attorney’s Office does not release the name of victims that have been sexually assaulted, it is important to continue sending the message that we will protect our children from predators like Sanders. Sanders has now been removed from our community and sent to prison where he will be unable to harm another child.”
Guest concluded, “The Canton Police Department and the Mississippi State Crime Laboratory did an outstanding job of investigating this case and obtaining the hard evidence we needed to prosecute and convict Sanders. Without their hard work Sanders would still be walking the streets and exposing our children to harm.”
Name: Tawarus Donta Sanders
Date of Birth: August 24th, 1986
Address: 411 McKinley Street