Ocean Springs boy, 14, to be charged as adult in sex crime against 10-year-old girl

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Paul Matthew Dauphin

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss.

An Ocean Springs teenager is being charged as an adult in a sex crime against a 10-year-old girl, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd said Wednesday. 

Paul Matthew Dauphin, 14, who resides on the 9000 block of Moser Avenue, was arrested Tuesday and charged with one count of sexual battery, authorities said.

“The parents of the 10-year-old alerted us,” Byrd said. “This is just horrible.” 

According to a news release, the sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division received a complaint that Dauphin was “engaging in sexual penetration with a child, whose age was 10 at the time.” 

Dauphin was arrested without incident and transported to the Jackson County Adult Detention Center, authorities said, where he remained incarcerated Wednesday afternoon. 

Jackson County Court Judge T. Larry Wilson set Dauphin’s bond at $10,000. 

No other information is being released about the investigation at this time.

 BY: April M. Havens

The Mississippi Press

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