Hancock man sentenced to 60 years for molestations in Louisiana
By Dwayne Bremer, Staff Writer
Oct 16, 2017, 14:10
A Kiln man on Thursday was sentenced to 60 years in prison for sexual assaults on two girls in Jefferson Parish.
A jury in Westwego last week convicted Billy Joe Howard, 33, of one count of sexual battery and another count of indecent behavior with a juvenile under the age of 13.
Officials said the sexual assaults took place in 2015 after Howard met the victims' mother on a dating website.
The two victims were ages 11 and seven, respectively, at the time of the molestations, officials said.
Howard was arrested after the incident, and while on bond awaiting trial, he allegedly molested a third girl, then 16, in Hancock County.
He was arrested and charged with sexual battery here last December.
Last week, Howard stood trial for the two sexual assaults in Louisiana and he was found guilty.
This week, he was sentenced to 60 years in prison.
Assistant District Attorney Chris Daniel said Friday that the sexual battery charge in Mississippi is still pending.
Daniel said local authorities assisted Louisiana officials throughout the case.
A trial date for the Hancock County charges has yet to be set.