LUMBERTON, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Mississippi Attorney General's office.
Ronald Donovan, 54, of Lumberton, has been arrested and charged with one count of exploitation of a child, announced Attorney General Jim Hood Thursday.
Donovan was arrested today by investigators of the Attorney General's Cyber Crime Unit/Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force with assistance from the Picayune Police Department and Pearl River Sheriff's Office.
The joint investigation uncovered Donovan was illegally trafficking child sexual abuse images.
Donovan was booked into the Pearl River County Jail with a bond set at $40,000. If convicted, he faces up to 40 years behind bars. As with all cases, a charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
This case will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Brandon Ogburn of the Attorney General's Cyber Crime Unit.