DA Scott M. Perrilloux reports that 32 YO Amber Bates, of Moorhead, MS, pleaded no contest to accessory after the fact to molestation of a juvenile, accessory after the fact to sexual battery of a juvenile and failure to report the sexual abuse of a child.
On August 24, 2018, Special Agents with the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation Cyber Crimes Unit were contacted by Special Agents with the State of Mississippi Attorney General’s Office regarding the production of videos and images that photographed sexual abuse. Agents determined the videos and images of illegal activity were produced in Tangipahoa Parish. The victim’s forensic interview revealed Bates’ knowledge of the illegal activity and subsequently led to her arrest.
On March 16, 2019, a warrant was issued for Amber Bates and she was booked into Desoto County Adult Detention Facility in Mississippi. She was later transported to the Tangipahoa Parish Jail.
Amber Bates was sentenced to 15 years with the department of corrections. She received five years for each count. Time is to be served consecutively. Bates received the maximum sentence for these charges.