Forrest County man sentenced in child exploitation case

Forrest County man sentenced in child exploitation case
William Conley

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Forrest County man accused of multiple counts of child exploitation plead guilty Friday in a Forrest County Courtroom.

William Conley, 42, of Forrest County plead guilty to one count of child exploitation and was sentenced to 40 years, with eight to serve, and 32 years suspended with post-release supervision by Circuit Court Judge Bob Helfrich.

Conley must also pay $1,000 to the children's trust fund, $1,000 to the crime victim's compensation fund and register as a sex offender. 

According to a news release from the Attorney General's office, he must also pay $1,000 to the children's trust fund, $1,000 to the crime victim's compensation fund and register as a sex offender.

“Our case against this defendant was based on an undercover investigation which showed he was downloading and sharing hundreds of videos of child pornography, including molestation and grooming videos," said Attorney General Jim Hood in the news release. “We appreciate Judge Helfrich for slamming the prison doors on another child predator.”

Conley was indicted in Nov. 2014 on a multi-count indictment stemming from a Dec. 2013 incident involving possession as well as accessing children engaging in sexually explicit conduct.