FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Petal man is behind bars after pleading guilty to a pair of lustful touching of a child charges.
Jonathan Owens, 24, pled guilty before Circuit Judge Bob Helfrich Tuesday at the Forrest County Courthouse.
Owens was indicted in March for the 2014 crime involving two counts of touching of a child for lustful purposes.
According to the indictment, for the purpose of gratifying his lust or indulging his depraved licentious sexual desires, did unlawfully, willfully and feloniously handle, touch or rub his fingers, or any part of his body, or any member therof, the body of two victims, which were family members, both under the age of 16.
Owens was sentenced to 15 years, with eight to serve, and seven suspended with five post release supervision for count one, and eight years, with seven years suspended with five post release supervision for count two, both to run concurrent.
Owens was also ordered to immediately register as a sex offender.
He also has prior convictions out of Missouri for tampering with a motor vehicle and forgery.