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TUPELO, Miss. (WCBI) – A Tupelo man will spend time behind bars after pleading guilty to sexual battery of a vulnerable person.

Larry Joe Hester, 61, of Tupelo, made is debut in Lee County Circuit Court on Thursday and pleaded guilty to one count sexual battery of a vulnerable person. Judge Paul S. Funderburk sentenced Hester to six years and six months in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

Hester was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and court costs.

Hester admitted to sexual battery of a bed-bound victim who was a resident of an assisted living facility.

Prosecution and investigation of the case was handled by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

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