Picayune sex offender: 'I have no excuse' - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

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.

Copyright 2014 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Mt. Carmel Church demolition almost complete, portion of Main Street to reopen Wednesday

    Mt. Carmel Church demolition almost complete, portion of Main Street to reopen Wednesday

    Monday, November 20 2017 7:49 PM EST2017-11-21 00:49:29 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    Engineers said portions of Main Street by Mt. Carmel Baptist in Hattiesburg are set to reopen Wednesday. The area has been closed since July after building B of the church was deemed unsafe. Demolition, which cost approximately $334,000, is almost finished, allowing the roads to reopen once the area is cleared.  Portions of 5th Avenue by the church are set to be open sometime next week.  This is a developing story. Stay with WDAM for the latest updates.  Copyright W...

    More >>

    Engineers said portions of Main Street by Mt. Carmel Baptist in Hattiesburg are set to reopen Wednesday. The area has been closed since July after building B of the church was deemed unsafe. Demolition, which cost approximately $334,000, is almost finished, allowing the roads to reopen once the area is cleared.  Portions of 5th Avenue by the church are set to be open sometime next week.  This is a developing story. Stay with WDAM for the latest updates.  Copyright W...

    More >>
  • Meal tips for vegans celebrating Thanksgiving

    Meal tips for vegans celebrating Thanksgiving

    Monday, November 20 2017 6:30 PM EST2017-11-20 23:30:24 GMT
    Tips for vegans celebrating Thanksgiving. Photo credit NBCTips for vegans celebrating Thanksgiving. Photo credit NBC

    Thanksgiving is Thursday, and not everyone will have an appetite for Turkey. 

    More >>

    Thanksgiving is Thursday, and not everyone will have an appetite for Turkey. 

    More >>
  • Shriners serve Thanksgiving meals to Lamar County senior citizens and veterans

    Shriners serve Thanksgiving meals to Lamar County senior citizens and veterans

    Monday, November 20 2017 5:06 PM EST2017-11-20 22:06:23 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM
    The Oak Grove Senior and Veterans Center held a Monday afternoon Thanksgiving meal filled with comradery and gestures of respect and appreciation. Shriners of Chenzira Temple number 235 of Hattiesburg passed out the plates, and felt a sense of satisfaction serving.  "We wanted to find an organization that we could give back, not only to the veterans, but to the senior citizens," Shriner Steve Collins said.  So these Shriners of Hattiesburg put tur...More >>
    The Oak Grove Senior and Veterans Center held a Monday afternoon Thanksgiving meal filled with comradery and gestures of respect and appreciation. Shriners of Chenzira Temple number 235 of Hattiesburg passed out the plates, and felt a sense of satisfaction serving.  "We wanted to find an organization that we could give back, not only to the veterans, but to the senior citizens," Shriner Steve Collins said.  So these Shriners of Hattiesburg put tur...More >>
Powered by Frankly