USM poised for arrest in ex-employee investigation

USM poised for arrest in ex-employee investigation

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Back in June, an employee for the University of Southern Mississippi was asked to resign after university police caught him violating university policy. Fast forward almost four months, and officials are consider filing charges.

Capt. Rusty Keyes, lead investigator in the case, says an arrest will "probably be made sometime in the next week or so."

"We talked to the county attorney, Pam Castle, and she was totally briefed on the case," said Keyes.

"We have a direction on where we're going."

Keyes says an investigative report is pending. "It's an investigative file. Then, once all of that is complete, then we can go from there."

A few months ago, Seven on your Side contacted the USM administration, who confirmed the forensic evidence gathered by university police was sent over to a lab in New Orleans for review.

"We took the evidence down there to get analyzed," Keyes said.

No word on the status of the evidence, except that it has been under review for the past few months. No word on the exact number of individuals who were targeted.

"And, again, we'll release more facts about that when we know the exact charge, and where we are going," Keyes said.

Keyes also says he wants to make it clear that he and the university are working diligently to find answers.