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Hickory sex offender sentenced

A 23-year-old Hickory man was convicted this week of sex offenses against a child and sentenced to at least two years, two months in prison.

Jeremy Lewis Leatherman, 23, was convicted in Catawba County Superior Court of indecent liberties against a child, third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, being a convicted sex offender on premises designated for children and failure to report new address as a convicted sex offender, all felonies.

On June 25, 2009, Leatherman was convicted of felony sexual misconduct or attempt involving a child under age 15 in Scott County, Mo., Catawba County District Attorney James Gaither said.

Judge Nathaniel Poovey sentenced Leatherman this week to no more than three years, five months in prison.

Poovey ordered Leatherman, when he’s released from prison, to register with the N.C. Sex Offender Registry for the rest of his life and be subjected to satellite-based monitoring for the rest of his life.

The crimes occurred in Hickory and Catawba County in December 2013 and February 2014, Gaither said.

Investigators Lori Dingess of the Hickory Police Department and Tommy Scarborough of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office handled the investigations with assistance from the Children’s Advocacy and Protection Center of Catawba County. Assistant District Attorney Michael Van Buren prosecuted the case.

Marusak: 704-358-5067; Twitter: @jmarusak
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