Man charged with sex crimes



A 21-year-old Moss Point man has been accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl, Sheriff Mike Byrd said.

Detectives arrested Stephen Michael Martin of Slash Pine Road on Tuesday following investigation of a complaint.

“A relative of the girl complained, and we may have additional charges against the suspect,” Byrd said.

Martin and the girl are acquainted, the sheriff said.

Martin is charged with child molestation and sexual battery. Maximum penalties are 30 years in prison for sexual battery and 15 years for molestation.

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