70-year-old Ridgeland man convicted of child exploitation

David Nelson (Photo: AG's Office)

RIDGELAND, Miss. (WJTV) — A jury found a Ridgeland resident guilty of possession of child pornography.

Attorney General Jim Hood said 70-year-old David Nelson was sentenced Monday. He was convicted of five counts of exploitation of a child.

A judge sentenced Nelson to 40 years in prison with 35 of those years suspended. He will also have to serve five years of post-release supervision and ordered to pay $1,000 to the Mississippi Children’s Trust Fund, $1,000 to the Mississippi Crime Victim Compensation Fund, and $5,000 in fines. He must register as a sex offender.

Authorities arrested him on February 9 at his home. The investigation determined that Nelson traded child pornography online using sophisticated technology.

“Children are re-victimized every time a criminal views or shares images of child exploitation, and we are seeking to put an end to this cycle of abuse,” Attorney General Hood said. “I want to extend my thanks to our law enforcement officers and investigators who work tirelessly to protect children both here in Mississippi and elsewhere.”


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