Attorney General Arrests Two in Lamar County for Child Exploitation

October 23, 2013

Two Lamar County residents are facing charges of child exploitation, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Hunter Howell, age 30, of Hattiesburg, was arrested today by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit/Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, with assistance from Lamar County Sheriff’s Office, and charged with one count of child exploitation.

Robert Shawn Sumrall, age 28, of Purvis, was arrested Tuesday by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit/Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, with assistance from Lamar County Sheriff’s Office, and charged with two counts of child exploitation.

Sumrall and Howell were booked into the Lamar County jail and are awaiting bond.

Both defendants are alleged to have been in possession of child pornography and face five to 40 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections for each count. As with all cases, the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

 

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