Two sex offenders have been locked behind bars following guilty pleas in Lincoln County Circuit Court Tuesday.

Their charges stem from separate cases, both of which occurred here in Lincoln County and both involved children under the age of 13, according to authorities.

Ronnie Spears faced numerous charges when he was booked into the Lincoln County Jail on Dec. 18, 2018. He was not released on bond.

Spears pled guilty to aggravated sexual battery in Lincoln County Circuit Court on Tuesday and was sentenced to 15 years, said Investigator Tammy MacDonald of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department.

In a separate case, Justin Lemons turned himself in and was booked into the Lincoln County Jail on Jan. 22 of this year. He had bonded out.

Lemons pled guilty in Circuit Court on Tuesday on aggravated sexual battery, McDonald said.  Lemons received a sentence of eight years.

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