Wesson man sentenced for child exploitation

Joseph Freeman (Phto from the AG's Office)

WESSON, Miss. (WJTV) — A Lincoln County man is going to prison for possessing child pornography.

According to Attorney General Jim Hood, 55-year-old Joseph Freeman pleaded guilty to one count of child exploitation Monday. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison with 30 of those years suspended, leaving 10 years to serve, followed by five years of post-release supervision.

He was also ordered to pay $1,000 to the Mississippi Children’s Trust Fund, $1,000 to the Mississippi Crime Victim Compensation Fund, an additional $5,000 in fines, and must register as a sex offender.

Freeman was arrested April 7 at his home by investigators with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit with assistance from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department. It was discovered through an investigation that Freeman was in possession of electronic media which contained child sexual exploitation videos.

“There is no pity in Mississippi for this defendant or other predators who are targeting our kids online,” Attorney General Hood said. “We appreciate Judge Strong for putting this defendant behind bars, then ordering him to pay a hefty fine. Our office will continue to join forces with state and local agencies to track down these predators to help protect our children.”

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