JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - The Attorney General's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force has worked a case that resulted in charges against a Mississippi prisoner and Michigan woman.
A case involving a complaint of illegal images taken of a two-year-old has been transferred to the Mississippi ICAC Task Force.
The investigation by the Mississippi ICAC Unit led to federal warrants being served on Stephanie Rascoe, 44, a resident of Ecorse, Michigan and David Rhyne, 33, currently incarcerated in the East Mississippi Correctional Facility in Meridian. The two are charged with production and distribution of child pornography for allegedly sharing illegal images via text message. Rhyne also faces charges for possession of child pornography. The alleged victim is a child entrusted occasionally to the care of Rascoe, according to a news release from the attorney general's office.
Rascoe was visiting Mississippi when she was arrested and has been booked into the Lee County jail. Rhyne is still serving time for sexual battery, and was served in prison with the current federal warrant. Both arrests were on Wednesday.
If convicted, the defendants face up to 20 years on production charges and 15 years on the distribution charges. Rhyne faces up to 15 years on the possession charge and an additional 10 years for being a convicted felon. As with all cases, the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.