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Callias to serve eight years for sexual battery, embezzlement pleas

The man who pleaded guilty to a count of sexual battery has also pleaded to a count of embezzlement. He was sentenced to 8 years in prison by County Court Judge Richelle Lumpkin for each plea.

Fifteenth District Attorney Hal Kittrell said that Callias was sentenced this week to 25 years, with eight to serve, for the sexual battery plea, and 20 years with eight to serve for the embezzlement plea. Kittrell said both terms will be served concurrently.

Upon his release from jail, Callias will be required to resister as a sex offender.

The sexual battery plea was from a case that began back in 2015 and involved multiple victims.

However, Callias faces additional offenses. On Aug. 10 of this year, he was arrested while being held in jail for sexual battery and lustful touching of a child in relation to a new case. Kittrell said the sentence handed down this week does not pertain to the arrest in August.

Family members of the victims attended the sentencing and Kittrell said everyone affected was pleased with the outcome of the case.

“We believe we reconciled this on the best outcome,” Kittrell said.

As for Callias’ most recent arrest, Kittrell said they will wait to receive the case for prosecution and take it from there.

If the case is sent to his office for prosecution, Callias will be deemed a habitual offender, allowing for stiffer sentencing if he’s found guilty.

“We will do everything in our power to ensure he never sees the light of day again,” Kittrell said.