Former Palmer House employee convicted of sexual battery

Seth Copes has been found guilty of two counts of sexual battery.

Posted: Nov 30, 2018 7:41 PM
Updated: Nov 30, 2018 7:51 PM

COLUMBUS, Miss.  (WTVA) -- A Lowndes County jury convicts a former Palmer House employee of sexual battery. 

Seth Copes had been on trial this week after two women accused him of abusing them when they were children. 

District Attorney Scott Colom said the abuse happened in 2006 when they were only eight years old. 

He said Copes worked as a house parent at the Columbus children's home from 2006 through 2013. 

In 2013, Colom said Copes was indicted by a grand jury on the sex crime charges. 

After five year wait and a week of testimony, a jury convicted Copes on the charges Friday. 

Colom said Copes has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. 

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