Sex offender arrested in Miss. park transferred to federal custody

An Alabama man discovered in December

walking in the nude in a Mississippi park has been transferred to

federal custody.

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

Jackson County.

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."