Rankin County Man Convicted of Sexual Battery of a Seven Year Old Child

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Joshua Demien Magee was convicted by a jury of sexual battery involving a seven year old child. Magee was sentenced to serve forty years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. The last fifteen years of the sentence will be suspended and Magee will be placed on five years of supervised probation following his release. The unsuspended portion of his sentence will be served in its entirety without the possibility of probation, parole, or early release. Upon release from custody, Magee must register as sexual offender.

On July 23, 2015, the Brandon Police Department was contacted by a family member who reported that the victim, a seven year old child, had confided in her that Magee had sexually assaulted her. Law enforcement went to home and interviewed several family members and then made arraignments for a forensic interview of the child to be conducted by the Mississippi Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC).

During the forensic interview conducted by the CAC, the child disclosed that Magee had inappropriately touched her and then forced her to engage in sexual contact with him.

Law enforcement officers arrested Magee and transported him to the Brandon Police Department to question him about the allegations. Magee was advised of his rights and agreed to speak to detectives. Magee admitted to being alone with the child but denied they had any sexual contact.

Guest stated, “Magee is a sick individual who used his position of trust to prey upon a seven year old child. This child had the courage not only to report what Magee had done to her, but also to testify before a jury about his actions. Her testimony along with the outstanding work of the Brandon Police Department provided the jury with the evidence they needed to return a verdict of guilty.”

Guest concluded, “This conviction and sentence has allowed us to remove a child predator from our streets. Magee will now spend the next quarter of a century behind bars paying his debt to society for the crimes he committed. I hope that the jury’s verdict and the sentence imposed will help bring closure to this child and her family.”

District Attorney Michael Guest was sworn into office in January 2008 and represents the Twentieth Judicial District, Madison and Rankin Counties. For more information regarding the District Attorney’s office, please visit www.daguest.com. Please follow us on Facebook, www.daguest.com or download or app.

Defendant:

Name:                          Joshua Demien Magee

Address:                     100 Alex Seals Lane, Brandon

DOB:                             May 14, 1983