Convicted offender gets 26 months for child sex crimes

CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. -- The District Attorney's Office announced Thursday that a Hickory man will serve more than two years behind bars following a conviction related to child sex crimes.

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

Leatherman was sentenced to serve no less than 26 months but no more than 41 months in prison. He was also ordered to register with the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry for life.

Leatherman's convictions stem from crimes in late-2013 and February of this year.

Leatherman had previously been convicted of felony sexual misconduct or attempt involving a child under 15 back in 2009 in Missouri.


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