23-year-old Jeremy Lewis Leatherman of Hickory was convicted this week in Catawba Co. Criminal Superior Court on felony counts of indecent liberties with a child, third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, convicted sex offender on premises designated for children and failure to report a new address as a convicted sex offender. Leatherman was sentenced to no less than 26 months and no more than 41 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction. He will be required to register with the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry for the remainder of his life and be subjected to satellite-based monitoring for the remainder of his life.
The crimes occurred in December 2013 and February 2014 in Catawba County and in the City of Hickory. Investigators Lori Dingess from the Hickory Police Department and Tommy Scarborough from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office handled the investigation, with assistance from the Children’s Advocacy & Protection Center of Catawba County. Assistant District Attorney Michael Van Buren prosecuted the case and the Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey presided over the conviction.
Leatherman had previously been convicted of felony sexual misconduct or attempt involving a child under 15 in June of 2009 in Scott County, Missouri.
He will be transported to the Division of Adult Correction for processing.