JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Mississippi Attorney General's Office.
A former Greenwood Police Officer is facing multiple charges relating to child exploitation, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.
Christopher Earl McDonald, age 36, of Carroll County, is charged in a nine count indictment after an investigation by the Mississippi Attorney General's Office with assistance from the Greenwood Police Department. McDonald was indicted by a Carroll County Grand Jury on three counts of enticing a child to meet for the purpose of engaging in sexually explicit conduct; three counts of enticing a child to produce visual depictions of sexually explicit conduct; and three counts of sexual assault by a person in a position of trust or authority over a child.
McDonald was arraigned before Circuit Judge Joseph Loper, Jr. on October 20, 2015. McDonald pleaded not guilty, and was allowed to remain out on an existing bond of $30,000. If convicted, McDonald can face up to 40 years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines on each of the six enticing counts in the indictment. If convicted, McDonald can also face up to 30 years in prison for each of the three sexual battery counts. As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
This case was investigated by Gypsi Ward of the Attorney General's Bureau of Victim Assistance with assistance from the Greenwood Police Department and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorneys General Paula Broome and Pat McNamara.