An Alabama man discovered in December
walking in the nude in a Mississippi park has been transferred to
Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd said Michael Ryan South, 45, of
Whistler, Ala., was moved Friday to an undisclosed federal prison
in Alabama. South faces federal charges in Alabama of crossing
state lines to engage in sexual acts with a juvenile while being a
registered sex offender.
South pleaded guilty to Mississippi indecent exposure charges in
January resulting from his nude Dec. 15 walk in Lum Cumbest Park in
The federal charges stem from a Nov. 4 incident, in which South
allegedly walked up naked to a residence near the Cumbest park and
tried to entice a 9-year-old boy at the residence into the woods.
The federal charges against South carry a possibility of life in
prison, Byrd said. Byrd said state charges in November incident
carried a maximum penalty of 20 years.
"I'm glad federal authorities came in and indicted him," Byrd
said. "If convicted, he will spend the rest of his life in jail
and not get out of prison."
South spent 15 years in Alabama prisons after being convicted of
sexually abusing two children. After being released from prison,
South failed to register as a sex offender, but received probation
instead of prison time for his failure to register.
"He should have never been let out of prison," Byrd said.
"People in the area will now feel a little safer knowing this
sexual predator will be locked up."