Rankin County Resident Going to Prison for Child Exploitation

March 25, 2014

A Rankin County man is going to prison after pleading guilty to child exploitation, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Thomas Ed Williamson, age 66, of Brandon, appeared before Judge John H. Emfinger in Rankin County Circuit Court Monday and pleaded guilty to two counts of child exploitation. Williamson admitted to possession of over 100 images of child porn on his home computer.

Williamson was sentenced to ten years on each count, with each count running concurrently, with five to serve, five suspended and five years post release probation. He must also pay $1,000 to the crime victims’ compensation fund, all costs of court and register as a sex offender.

Prosecution and investigation of the case was handled by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Division/Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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