June 3, 2021

Lauderdale County man sentenced for child exploitation

Gabbi Ferreri

Lauderdale county man, who was charged in 2018 for child exploitation was sentenced on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

Nathan Powe was sentenced to 100 years in prison by judge Charles W. Wright in Lauderdale County Circuit Court. He will carry out his sentence in the Mississippi Department of Corrections.  The 32-year-old pleaded guilty on April 19 to 31 counts of child exploitation.

Back in January 2020, Powe was indicted by a Grand Jury out of Lauderdale County on 31 counts of child exploitation, because of multiple arrests made by the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office in September of 2018.

One of the victims was claimed that Powe had taken nude photographs of her when she was 13 years old. The second victim claimed that Powe had sexually assaulted her from the time she was 11 years old to 16 years old.  He also video recorded and photographed the sexual abuse.

Judge Write imposed the following sentences:

In Cause No. 064-20, Powe was sentenced in six counts to serve a total of 40 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, ordered to pay the statutorily required $6,000 assessment to the Mississippi Children’s Trust Fund; and to pay court costs.

In Cause No. 066-20, Powe was sentenced in 24 counts to serve a total of 40 years in the custody of MDOC, ordered to pay the statutorily required $24,000 assessment to the Mississippi Children’s Trust Fund; to pay a $50,000 fine, and to pay court costs.

In Cause No. 065-20, Powe was sentenced in one count to serve 20 years in prison, Corrections, ordered to pay the statutorily required $1,000 assessment to the Mississippi Children’s Trust Fund; to pay a $50,000 fine, and to pay court costs.

Each of these sentences was ordered to be served consecutively, meaning that Powe was ordered to serve a total of 100 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Child Exploitation is a sex crime so these sentences will be served without the benefit of parole or early release. Powe will also be required to register as a sex offender.

“I am thankful Judge Wright recognized the danger this defendant poses to the children in our community and imposed a sentence that ensures Powe will never harm another child,” said District Attorney Kassie Coleman. “The victims in the case demonstrated enormous courage by disclosing Powe’s actions. Both victims provided victim impact statements to the Court. The strength and bravery of these victims allowed us to hold this defendant accountable for his actions against them and protect other children.”

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