Ovett man found guilty of child sex abuse in Harrison Co.

Ovett man found guilty of child sex abuse in Harrison Co.

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - An Ovett man facing child sex charges in Jones and Perry counties was found guilty of touching a child for lustful purposes Wednesday in Harrison County.

It took the jury less than an hour of deliberation to find 29-year-old Cody Lee Pitts guilty. Judge Roger Clark sentenced Pitts to serve 10 years in prison for the crime.

During the two-day trial, the jury heard testimony from the victim, who is related to Pitts. The victim told the jury Pitts molested him at his family's apartment in Pass Christian. The sexual abuse continued after the family moved to Perry County, the child testified.

"He told me not to tell anybody what he done to me," the 11-year-old victim said.

Prosecutors argued the victim's testimony was consistent with statements the boy first made to family members, law enforcement and a forensic interviewer with the Child Advocacy Center after the crime was first reported.

"We are especially appreciative of the work of the Child Advocacy Center in this case and the vital assistance they provide to coast children who have been victims of abuse," said District Attorney Joel Smith.

According to Smith, Pitts told the court "justice was not served today" before he was sentenced.

As we've previously reported, Pitts was charged with molesting and sexual battery in Perry County in 2016. Pitts was arrested again in Jones County in February 2017 and charged with molestation.

According to reports, Pitts is due in court in Perry County in April. The evidence in the Jones County case will be presented to a grand jury.