Hattiesburg man sentenced on child pornography charges

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Department of Justice

A Hattiesburg man was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to 15 years in federal prison for production of child pornography and 7 years for possession of child pornography.

Grantham Armstrong Mitchell, 20, pled guilty to producing a video of himself and a minor child engaging in sexually explicit conduct in Orange Beach, Alabama in 2012. He also possessed numerous images and videos of minor children, as young as 12 years old, engaging in sex with adults.

U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and the FBI acting special agent in charge Johnnie Sharp announced the two sentence, and said he will serve them concurrently followed by an eight year term of supervised release. Mitchell was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,591.

THe investigation began when a complaint was received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding possible child pornography being uploaded to a dropbox account via the Internet. An investigation was conduced by members of the FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force which comprised of special agents of the FBI and investigators form the Mississippi Attorney General's Office and Rankin County Sheriff's Office.

The investigation led to the execution of a search warrant for a computer and other electronic devices owned by Mitchell.

A forensic review of the computer determined that it contained images and videos of suspect child pornography and led to the identity of the minor child in the video produced by Mitchell.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Glenda Haynes.