Rankin Man Receives 20-Year Sentence for Sexual Battery Involving a Minor

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney John K. Bramlett, Jr., announced today that Robert Lee McLaurin was sentenced to serve 20 years in jail for sexual battery involving a 17-year-old minor.  He will have to serve his sentence day-for-day and register with the Mississippi Sexual Offender Registry.

On August 21, 2017, the Brandon Police Department responded to an apartment building in Brandon following a call that a minor had been sexually assaulted.  When officers arrived, they were told by the caller that she walked into the kitchen to see a minor being pushed up against the sink by Robert Lee McLaurin.

McLaurin fled on foot, but was caught by officers and arrested.

Officers interviewed the victim and then escorted her to Blair E. Batson Hospital where medical personnel conducted a Sexual Assault Kit. 

District Attorney Bramlett stated, “There will be strong consequences for those who commit sexually battery against a child.  The laws of our society govern a process by which these dangerous and sick individuals will spend decades behind bars and now McLaurin can count himself amongst those.”

District Attorney Bramlett concluded, “McLaurin used his position of trust to commit a heinous and terrible crime against a child.  He has now been stopped and will go to prison for a very long time and will always be known as a sexual predator.”