A Beaumont man was sentenced to 10 years probation after pleading guilty to injury to a child Monday, April 15.
K.P. Jeanes, a former assistant pastor of the Woodlands Baptist Church, was originally charged with indecency with a child, but after talks with the young victim’s family, prosecutors allowed Jeanes to plea to the lesser charge of injury to a child.
The youngster was 9 years old at the time of the offense.
“What the child said was disturbing,” said Judge John Stevens after accepting Jeanes’ guilty plea. “This man lied when confronted and later admitted to inappropriate touching of the child.”
Jeanes’ lawyer begged the court for her client not to be given jail time, but Judge Stevens was adamant about putting Jeanes behind bars for the maximum of 180 days under the guilty plea.
“You should’ve thought about all you had to lose when you crossed the line to harm a child,” Stevens said.
A prosecutor familiar with the case said the decision to give Jeanes probation stemmed from keeping the young victim off the stand to avoid reliving the 2006 crime.
“We wanted to hold (Jeanes) accountable, but not traumatize the kid anymore than she has been,” the prosecutor said.