Foster parent gets life for sex crimes



By ROBIN FITZGERALD - rfitzgerald@sunherald.com

POPLARVILLE -- A Pearl River County man has received the equivalent of a life prison sentence plus 35 years for sex crimes committed while he was a foster parent, District Attorney Hal Kittrell said.

Circuit Court Judge Tony A. Mozingo sentenced David Richard Faulkner for crimes committed against boys who were in Faulkner’s care between August 2006 and February 2007, Kittrell said Thursday.

Faulkner is 47. The boys were 12 and 13 at the time.

The judge gave Faulkner two life terms for sexual battery of minors, three 15-year terms for fondling, and two 20-year terms for directing minors to sexually assault another minor.

The judge ordered the life sentences to run concurrently and the other terms to be served consecutively.

“We are pleased with the sentence because it means this defendant will never see the light of day as a free man to harm another child,” Kittrell said.

A jury found Faulkner guilty on a total of seven counts in a trial last week. The judge sentenced him Thursday.