|Marty Lynn White (mug shot SCSO)|
A man from Marionville charged with child molestation entered an Alford plea to those charges last week.
Marty Lynn White was charged after the daughter of his roommate told authorities that White inappropriately touched her and showed her explicit pictures on the Internet.
"I talked at length with the child's mother and we balanced the objectives concerning punishment, rehabilitation, and deterrent with the defendant, with the desire to obtain justice for the victim while protecting her from further trauma by going through a trial," said Stone County prosecutor Matt Selby.
White, was on probation at the time of this incident for a 2011 domestic assault involving his sister and mother and a separate case of endangering the welfare of a child. In the domestic assault case, White was intoxicated when he fired a gun and was taken to a state mental facility for treatment.
White, who is scheduled to be sentenced in early March, will have to maintain registry as a sex offender for the rest of his life.