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Hattiesburg man arrested in Meridian on child exploitation charges

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MERIDIAN, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg man has been arrested in Meridian on child exploitation charges.

Michael Cooper, 44, was arrested by Lauderdale County Sheriff's deputies Monday at a Meridian motel.

Authorities said Cooper had gone to Meridian to meet a male juvenile from northeast Mississippi he reportedly met on an Internet chat room.

Authorities questioned the juvenile after receiving a call a suspicious car was parked at an industrial park outside Meridian.

He told authorities he was trying to get to Meridian to meet a man he met on the Internet.

Authorities set up a sting and followed the young boy to a Meridian motel where Cooper was arrested.

He's being held on $50,000 bond.

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