Man makes bond after sexual battery charge

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, January 13, 2015



Spriggs. Photo courtesy of the Picayune Police Department.

Spriggs. Photo courtesy of the Picayune Police Department.

Last week, Donnell Spriggs, 40, of 109 South Jackson Ave. in Picayune was charged with sexual battery, said Picayune Police Department’s Assistant Chief Jeremy Magri.

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On Saturday, Jan. 3 at 12:48 p.m., officers from the Picayune Police Department were dispatched to the Picayune Criminal Justice Center in reference to a sexual battery complaint, said Magri.

Officers spoke with the complainant, who stated Spriggs sexually assaulted her daughter, said Magri.

Once detectives from the Picayune Police Department were notified of the incident, an investigation into the complaint began. Through their investigation, detectives discovered the sexual abuse had been ongoing for several years, said Magri.

Detectives presented the case file to a judge, who found probable cause to issue an arrest warrant for Spriggs on the charge of sexual battery, added Magri.

On Thursday, Jan. 8 at 8:19 a.m., officers located Spriggs at a home on Jackson Landing Road. He was then taken into custody for the arrest warrant, and incarcerated, said Magri.

When asked why the complainant decided to relay that information about Spriggs to officers after so many years, Magri said the complainant’s daughter had just recently confessed to her mother about Sprigg’s abusive behavior.

Sprigg’s bond was set at $100,000, and he has since made bond, said Magri.