Three Mississippi Residents Charged in Child Exploitation Cases

August 28, 2013

Three Mississippians have recently been arrested and charged in child exploitation cases, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

In Hinds County Tuesday, Nicholas S. Garrett, 26, of Jackson was arrested by investigators with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Division/Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, with assistance from the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office, and charged with five counts of child exploitation. Garrett was booked into the Hinds County Detention Center and held on a $5,000 bond.

In DeSoto County, Christopher Miles, 35 of Southaven was also arrested by investigators with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Division/Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, with assistance from the Southaven Police Department, and charged with one count of child exploitation. Miles was booked into the DeSoto County Jail and his bond set at $10,000. A preliminary hearing in his case has been set for September 4th, 2013 at the Desoto County Justice Court in Southaven.

In Pike County, John Matherne, 38 of Magnolia was arrested August 8 by investigators with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Division/Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, with assistance from the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, and charged with four counts possession of child pornography. He was booked into the Pike County Jail.

Each defendant faces up to 40 years for each count in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) and is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

These cases will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Brandon Ogburn, with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Division.

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