18-year-old guilty of indecency with a 5-year-old

Jakari Stoner

An 18-year-old Beaumont man was in jail Monday, May 13, after pleading guilty to indecency with a child.

Jakari Stoner pleaded guilty to molesting a family member in Judge John Stevens' court, saying little as his sentence was read aloud.

“This is about the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen in 34 years of practice,” Stevens said Monday.

Stoner was indicted in October 2012 for the June 2012 molestation of a 5-year-old girl and was sentenced to 10 years probation, a $500 fine and 180 days in jail.

Stoner must also register as a sex offender.

Stevens said Stoner is lucky the victim’s family members did not force a trial by jury.

“Only because the family wants to move on with their lives despite your pathetic actions are we going forward with this,” Stevens said.

In a written statement, the girl, now 7 years old, said, “I don’t feel like I’m normal after this. I wanna feel like a normal kid again.”

Stevens said he would prescribe the maximum sentence he could under the plea agreement.

“This punishment just doesn’t seem fair,” Stevens said. “But it is what it is in light of what the family understands and they certainly — the family of this child — showed a lot more mercy on you than you showed to that child.”

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