Jones County man charged again for sexual battery of a child

Ricky Portis
Ricky Portis

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Ricky Portis, a Laurel native, was back in Jones County Justice Court on Friday where Judge David Lyons charged him with sexual battery of an 8-year old female and set bond at $25,000 cash.

It is the second charge of sexual battery against Portis, stemming from his original arrest made on March 4, 2015.

This latest charge was the result of the work by the Jones County Sheriff's Department, their investigators and deputies who worked the
case. It was determined that this second child was also sexually assaulted by Portis.

On February 21, 2015, an initial report was filed stating a 9-year old female had been inappropriately touched. During that investigation, a forensic interview was conducted with the victim which led investigators to Portis as the suspect involved.

It was revealed that on numerous occasions he had sexually assaulted the 9-year old girl.

Bond for that charge was also set at $25,000 cash.