Child Exploitation Charges Land Two Mississippians Behind Bars

Photo of English, courtesy Jones Co. booking

HATTIESBURG, Miss.–The Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit has been busy tracking potential child predators, coming up with at least two arrests this week of men who are accused of downloading child pornography.

In Hattiesburg, 28-year-old Travis Arnold was arrested Wednesday by agents from the attorney general’s office, with help from the Forrest County sheriff. He’s in the county lock-up and no bond had been set as of Thursday.

Travis Arnold

Travis Arnold

In Laurel, 38-year-old Charles Michael English was arrested Monday with help from the Jones County Sheriff’s Dept. He was in the county jail on a half million dollar bond.

Attorney Gen. Jim Hood said the men could get from five to 40 years in the state pen if they are convicted.

This week another Laurel resident, 54-year-old Wayne McLain, got 10 years prison time for possession of child pornography. State lawmakers have been working to strengthen the laws against such crimes and progress was made in the past legislative session, making it a crime to go online with the intent to find child pornography. That brings Mississippi up to the federal standard in that aspect.

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