May 27, 2010 9:20 AM by Sharlee Jacobs
COVINGTON, La. (AP) - A 30-year-old Mississippi man has been
convicted of sexually abusing a 12-year-old Franklinton girl.
A St. Tammany Parish jury deliberated
for about an hour Tuesday before finding Skyler Jenkins, of Kokomo,
Miss., guilty as charged of the sexual battery that occurred in
Mandeville in June 2009. Jenkins will be sentenced on Aug. 16.
Sexual battery of a victim under 13 is punishable by a minimum
of 25 years and a maximum of 99 years behind bars, with at least 25
years being served without the benefit of parole, probation or
suspension of sentence.
A 26-year-old Covington woman, Tiffany Patten, is also charged
with sexual battery and is awaiting trial. Authorities say she
allegedly acted as a pimp of sorts, arranging encounters between
the female victim and older men.