Two Mississippi Residents Sentenced for Child Exploitation
Two Mississippi men are behind bars in separate cases on charges of possession of child pornography, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.
Michael Joseph Gennaro, Jr., 32, of Saucier, was sentenced Thursday by Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Robert Krebs to 40 years in prison, with six years to serve, 34 years suspended and five years post-release supervision. He must also pay a $1,000 fine to the Mississippi Crime Victim Compensation Fund and an additional $1,000 assessment to the Children’s Trust Fund, and he must register as a sex offender upon his release.
Gennaro was arrested at his home in February 2017 after an investigation by the attorney general’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, which resulted in the discovery of numerous images and videos of child pornography. He pleaded guilty in August to one count of child exploitation. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Ocean Springs Police Department and the Gulf Coast Cybercrime Taskforce provided assistance on this case.
Adam Brent Wallace, 37, of Sumrall, was sentenced Friday after he entered an open plea to one count of child exploitation. Lamar County Circuit Court Judge Prentiss Harrell sentenced Wallace to 10 years in prison, with five years to serve and five years post-release supervision. He must also pay a $10,000 fine, a $1,000 assessment to the Children’s Trust Fund and an additional $5,000 public defender fee. Wallace must also register as a sex offender upon his release.
Wallace was arrested by the attorney general’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force following an investigation that uncovered numerous photos of child pornography on Wallace’s computer. The FBI Child Exploitation Task Force provided assistance on this case.
“Our duty to protect our children continues to make these cases a high priority for our office,” General Hood said. “I commend the investigators from agencies across the state who spend endless hours on these cases, and I thank our prosecutors and judges for sending perpetrators to jail and away from our precious children.”
Both of these cases were prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Brandon Ogburn of the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit.
A total of 161 people have been convicted of child exploitation crimes to date by General Hood’s ICAC Task Force.