Pearl Man Receives a 30-year Sentence for Sexual Battery Involving a Minor

For Immediate Release
April 6, 2009
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Christopher Wayne Wilkins was sentenced to a 30-year sentence for sexual battery of a child through a plea agreement. Ten years will be suspended. Wilkins will be required to spend every day of his sentence in prison for his crime and will have to register as a sex offender upon his release.

In March 2008, the grandfather of the 6-year-old victim contacted the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department regarding the possible sexual assault of his grandson. The child was taken to The University of Mississippi Medical Center, where an examination was performed that showed signs of sexual abuse. The child was later interviewed at the Children’s Advocacy Center and related the story of being sexually assaulted by the defendant. The victim identified Wilkins as the person who sexually assaulted him. A warrant was issued and Wilkins was arrested.

Guest stated, “This is a horrible crime against a child who was spending the night with a friend.”

Guest concluded, “Wilkins will now spend the next 20 years, without the possibility for parole, in prison for his crime against this child. The judicial process can never adequately address the emotional scars this child and his family have suffered, but we will make sure that Wilkins will not be in a position to hurt other children.”

The child was spending the night with friends in the same house where Wilkins was residing. During their investigation, law enforcement officials interviewed a friend of Wilkins who said that Wilkins had admitted to him that he had sexually assaulted the child and was taking Xanax at the time. Wilkins also stated to his friend that he was moving from place to place so he would not be caught by law enforcement. After his arrest, Wilkins denied the sexual abuse, but confirmed that he was in the house the same night as the victim and he also admitted that he had been drinking and using Xanax.