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DeSoto County man going to prison for child exploitation

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) -

This is a news release from the Mississippi Attorney General's Office.

Kenath Dwayne Peal, 57, of Horn Lake, has been sentenced for child exploitation, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.

Peal pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of child exploitation before DeSoto County Circuit Court Judge Robert P. Chamberlin, Jr. Judge Chamberlin sentenced Peal to 20 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, with five years to serve and the remaining time on post-release supervision. Peal was ordered to pay $1,000 to the Mississippi Children’s Trust Fund, $1,000 to the Mississippi Crime Victim’s Compensation Fund, and must register as a sex offender.

Peal was arrested September 9, 2014, by investigators with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit and the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office after it was discovered that Peal possessed numerous images and videos of child pornography. The arrest was made through the Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

“We focus all our resources, including advanced computer hardware and software, to seek out and find child predators and bring them to justice,” said Attorney General Hood. “We will continue to work with the task force to put these kinds of criminals behind bars, and we thank Judge Chamberlin for the sentence and the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance on this case.”

This case was prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Brandon Ogburn with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit.

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