Covington, La. (WVUE) - 39-year-old Jinel Sexton, 39 of Abita Springs was sentenced to 50 years in prison for sexual battery of a victim under 13, reports District Attorney Warren Montgomery.
Sexton was found guilty by a St. Tammany Parish jury on Oct. 25 for committing sexual battery on a 12-year-old girl in January 2017.
Sexton claimed that he was the one who woke up to find the victim on top of him.
The victim first reported the incident to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office in a call to 9-1-1. She said Sexton gave her three pills, which made her fall asleep, and she awakened in the bed with him touching her inappropriately.
Sexton has prior convictions for simple burglary, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, simple battery, criminal damage to property and possession of marijuana.
Assistant District Attornies Casey Dieck and Holly McGinness prosecuted the case with the help of District Attorney’s Office Investigator Chris Johnson. The case was investigated by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office under the guidance of lead detective Carli Messina.