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Picayune sex offender: 'I have no excuse'

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

A 65-year-old Picayune man was sentenced to 20 years in prison this week after admitting he molested an 11-year-old child in 2013.

Rodney Mark Krementz pleaded guilty to two counts of Sexual Battery of a juvenile. The investigation began last summer when the child's parents called the Hancock County Sheriff's Department to say their child was being molested by a family relative.

"The parents came home and caught the defendant molesting the 11-year old child in her home after the parents left briefly to run errands," said ADA Chris Daniel, who prosecuted the case.

The subsequent investigation revealed that the molestation had been occurring for about a year.

During the defendant's plea hearing, Krementz said, "I am sorry. I take full responsibility. I have no excuse."

Krementz was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Because he is a first time offender, half of that sentence was suspended, leaving 20 years to serve in prison, with five years of probation after his release from prison.

Because of the nature of the crime, the sentence will have to be served day for day, without the hope of early release or parole. The defendant will also be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life upon his release.

"Crimes against children continue to be a priority in this jurisdiction and the swift and thorough investigation by the Hancock County Sheriff's Office is a testament to that commitment," District Attorney Joel Smith said.

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