MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the MS Attorney General's Office.
Attorney General Jim Hood announced today that a Columbia man has been arrested and charged with one count of child exploitation.
Jovon Eugene Kendrick, 24, was arrested at his home Wednesday by investigators with the Attorney General's Cyber Crime Unit with assistance from the Columbia Police Department.
Investigators executed a search warrant following an investigation of Kendrick's online activity. As a result of the search warrant, he was arrested.
Kendrick was booked into the Marion County Detention Center with a bond set at $40,000. If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. As with all cases, a charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until 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.