Rankin county resident arrested and charged with exploitation of a child

Rankin county resident arrested and charged with exploitation of a child A Rankin County resident has been arrested and charged with two counts exploitation of a child, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Charles Crownover, age 32, of Brandon was arrested yesterday by investigators with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit with assistance from the Madison Police Department and the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department, all partners in the Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. Crownover is charged with two counts Exploitation of a Child.

“This case is a great example of the effectiveness of a task force like ours,” said Attorney General Hood.  “We began with information originating in one area that instead led us to another.  Through communication and cooperation, we made this arrest.  I appreciate the assistance of Chief Waldrop and Sheriff Bailey and their officers in this case.”

Crownover was taken to the Rankin County jail.  His initial appearance has not yet been set.  If convicted, he faces up to 80 years behind bars.  As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Brandon Ogburn of the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit.