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Former Greenwood Police Officer Faces Child Exploitation Charges

A former Greenwood Police Officer is facing multiple charges relating to child exploitation. Christopher Earl McDonald, age 36, of Carroll County, is charged in a nine count indictment after an investigation by the Mississippi Attorney General's Office with assistance from the Greenwood Police Department. McDonald was indicted by a Carroll County Grand Jury on three counts of enticing a child to meet for the purpose of engaging in sexually explicit conduct; three counts of enticing a child to produce visual depictions of sexually explicit conduct; and three counts of sexual assault by a person in a position of trust or ...Continue Reading...

Booneville Nurse Aid Charged for Felony Exploitation of a Vulnerable Person and Illegally Obtaining Patient’s Drugs

Charlotte Godsey, 39, of Booneville, turned herself in to the Prentiss County Sheriff's Office Tuesday and faces charges for felony exploitation of a vulnerable person and alleged possession of a controlled substance. The charges allege that Godsey, while employed as a nurse's aid at the Booneville Assisted Living Facility, obtained more than $250 from a resident without authorization and converted it to her own personal use. Godsey is also accused of illegally obtaining Oxycotin and Hydrocodone, both schedule two controlled substances, that were prescribed to and purchased for two patients of the facility. Following her arrest, Godsey was allowed to ...Continue Reading...

Hinds County Resident Convicted for Child Pornography

Cameron Travelstead, 25, of Jackson, is facing up to 40 years in prison after his conviction in a child pornography case.  Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weil, Jr. recently set Travelstead’s sentencing for October 29, 2015. A Hinds County Jury convicted Travelstead of one count of possession of child pornography.  The five day trial was presided over by Judge Weil.  The case stemmed from a joint investigation involving the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit/Internet Crimes Against Children task force, the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office (an affiliate of the task force), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  The investigation revealed that Travelstead ...Continue Reading...

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Know the Facts Before Investing in Solar Energy Systems

In an effort to use alternative energy sources for cost-savings and environmental reasons, many consumers are reducing their energy usage and using more renewable energy by installing solar generating units on their homes and property. Photovoltaic systems ("PV system" or "solar system") supply energy through nature; therefore, the energy is free and abundant. Like many other industries, the growing popularity of solar has caused some unethical businesses to enter into the market. To lure customers into a lease, some of these unscrupulous solar companies often claim that consumers can potentially reduce costly electric bills by utilizing various federal, state and ...Continue Reading...

Make Cyberbullying a Household Discussion

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and I encourage Mississippi residents to openly communicate with their children about the reality and effects of bullying, which often occurs as cyberbullying via cell phones for kids. Cyberbullying is 24/7, and teens are often victims.  Studies show that what teens share on their phones affects their performance in school. Words really do hurt, and cyber bullies hide behind the anonymity of the Internet. Words said online versus in a face-to-face confrontation may escalate into isolation at school, truancy and even youth suicide. Cyberbullying is not an act to be taken lightly, and parents ...Continue Reading...

West Point Man Going to Prison for Child Exploitation

Marcus Wilburn Knight, 50, of West Point, is going to prison for child exploitation. Knight recently appeared before Clay County Circuit Court Judge Lee J. Howard and entered an open plea of guilty to one count of child exploitation. When a defendant enters an open plea, he/she refuses to accept the state's recommendation and instead throws himself on the mercy of the court. Judge Howard sentenced Knight to serve a term of five years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections with three years to serve followed by two years of suspension under the terms and conditions of ...Continue Reading...

Former Greenville Police Officer Arrested for Death of her Husband

Kvonya Moore, 41, of Greenville, has been arrested and charged with first degree murder for the death of her husband. Moore, a former officer with the Greenville Police Department, was arrested Tuesday by agents of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations and the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Moore is accused of shooting her husband in the head with her service weapon causing his death.  The incident happened at their home on May 2, 2015. Moore has been booked into the Washington County jail.  Her bond is set at $500,000. If convicted, Moore faces up to life in prison. As with all ...Continue Reading...

Pearl River County Man Faces Embezzlement Charges

Paul Bradley Holliday, 47, of Poplarville, MS, has been has been indicted by a Pearl River County Grand Jury on three counts of embezzlement. Holliday turned himself in to Pearl River County authorities Wednesday, October 7, following an investigation by the Attorney General's Public Integrity Division. Holliday is alleged to have embezzled approximately $268,965.97, from 2006-2009, while employed with a construction company in Poplarville, MS.  He was subsequently indicted on three separate counts of embezzlement. If convicted of counts one and two, Holliday faces up to 20 years behind bars and a $25,000 fine on each count and up to ...Continue Reading...

Cybersecurity Guide for Businesses Big & Small

I continue to work with other states' Attorneys General to address the lack of cybersecurity and ensure consumers are protected in the wake of the data breaches. Since 2005, the United States has experienced more than 4,600 known data breaches, compromising nearly a billion records. The numbers continue to surge in 2015. In response to the increase in data breaches, I have compiled a Cybersecurity Guide that updates existing resources to address growing trends and responses in a single guide.  The Guide, which was developed with input from some of his fellow attorneys general, builds upon cybersecurity materials from the Federal Trade ...Continue Reading...