A Springhill man today was found guilty of Computer Solicitation of a Minor following a bench trial in Webster Parish District Court.
Justin Green, 23, opted to waive a trial by jury and be tried by 26th Judicial District Judge Johnny Robinson., who found him guilty. Green was represented by Ruston attorney, Ashley Page.
Sherb Sentell, Webster Parish assistant district attorney, who prosecuted the case said, “This case invoved a real 12-year-old girl and it is good to get a conviction and justice.” Sentell said Green’s defense was to rely upon a technical defense and try to get evidence excluded. However, evidence was not excluded and the defendant was found guilty.
Sentell said the defense was offered a plea bargain that would have required Green to register as a sex offender and allowed the judge to impose a sentence from zero to seven years, but Green rejected it. “Now Green will register as a sex offender and be sentenced to prison at hard labor for up to 20 years,” adding that the sentence will be without benefit of parol, probation or suspension of sentence.
The case was investigated by the Springhill Police Department and the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. Sentelll commended SPD Officer Bryan Montgomery for his “thorough” investigation, and said, “His good police work helps make our streets safer for our children.”
Green’s sentencing is scheduled for April 25 in Webster Parish Court.