AG’s Cybercrime Team Arrests One, Sentences Another on Child Pornography Charges
A Brandon man was arrested Tuesday and a Tylertown man was sentenced Wednesday, both on a single charge of child exploitation, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.
Vernon Williams, 61, was arrested in Brandon after an investigation of his suspicious online activity. He is charged with child exploitation for possession of child pornography and booked into the Rankin County jail. If convicted, Williams faces up to 40 years in prison. A charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department assisted the AG’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in the arrest and investigation.
Mickey D. Luter, 61, will spend 10 years in prison after entering an open plea Wednesday to a child exploitation charge. He was arrested in 2017 after investigators discovered that he downloaded multiple sexually explicit photos of pre-pubescent girls. Walthall County Circuit Judge Michael Taylor sentenced Luter to 20 years in prison with 10 years suspended and five years post-release supervision. He will have to pay $50,000 in fines and must register as a sex offender.
“No child predator is safe in our state,” General Hood said. “I thank Judge Taylor for making sure yet another pedophile is put far away from causing harm to any child.”
Special Assistant Attorney General Brandon Ogburn prosecuted the Luter case and will also prosecute the Williams case.
A total of 165 people have been convicted of child exploitation crimes to date by General Hood’s ICAC Task Force.