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Man sentenced on charge of injury to a child
Judge John Stevens has sentenced a Beaumont man to 10 years probation and 180 days in jail on a charge of injury to a child.
Investigators say 31-year-old KP Jeanes inappropriately touched a girl in 2006. Investigators say the incident involved a child who attended Woodland Baptist Church but didn't occur on church propery. Pastor James Sliger told KFDM News that at the time, Jeanes helped with the children's ministry. Pastor Sliger emphasized that when Jeanes worked with the children's ministry, at the church, he handled himself appropriately at all times.
Jeanes' attorney was visibly upset after the ruling. She walked out of the courtroom with her client, hugged him, and wiped away tears.
KFDM asked her for a comment and she wouldn't speak with us.
Judge Stevens called Jeanes a liar because the suspect said he was innocent, failed a polygraph test, then admitted to touching the girl's breast.
The prosecutor said she was unavailable to provide a comment about the case.
The victim's mother says her family is trying to heal and move on from this situation.