Hattiesburg man charged with child exploitation

Hattiesburg man charged with child exploitation
Quandom Benn, 35, was arrested at him home and several electronic devices were seized after an investigation into suspicious online activity. (Photo source: AG's office)

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Attorney General Jim Hood announced the arrest of a Hattiesburg man charged with three counts of child exploitation for possession of child pornography Tuesday.

Quandom Benn, 35, was arrested at him home and several electronic devices were seized after an investigation into suspicious online activity, according to the Mississippi Attorney General's office. Benn was booked in the Forrest County Jail and is awaiting his initial appearance.

Benn faces up to 120 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines if convicted.

The case was investigated by the Attorney General's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force within the AG's Cyber Crime Unit. It will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Brandon Ogburn, according to the Attorney General's press release.

In 2014, Benn was arrested and charged with seven misdemeanor counts of stalking and seven counts of disturbing the peace. He was later sentenced to probation and suspended prison time for the seven counts of disturbing the peace.