- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The state Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a Biloxi man for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl and taking photos of her nude in 2012.

Robert Anthony Moore was convicted in Harrison County in 2013 of sexual battery and exploitation of a child. He was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Moore used his phone to take pictures of the girl. They say the photos were found after authorities got a search warrant to seize the phone and search the photos on it.

Moore argued the seizure of the phone was illegal.

The Appeals Court said Tuesday the facts and circumstances supporting the warrant clearly showed the phone was being seized because it allegedly contained photographs of the crime.

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