Ridgeland Resident Going to Prison for Child Exploitation

> JACKSON— Attorney General Jim Hood announced today that a Ridgeland resident is going to prison after being found guilty of possession of child pornography.
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> David L. Nelson, 70, was sentenced Monday following a recent verdict finding Nelson guilty of five counts of exploitation of a child. A Madison County Circuit Court Judge sentenced Nelson to 40 years in prison with 35 of those years suspended, leaving five years to serve, followed by five years of post-release supervision. Nelson was ordered to pay $1,000 to the Mississippi Children’s Trust Fund, $1,000 to the Mississippi Crime Victim Compensation Fund, and $5,000 in fines. Additionally, Nelson must register as a sex offender.
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> Nelson was arrested Feb. 9 at his home by investigators with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit/Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force with assistance of investigators with the Ridgeland Police Department, an ICAC Task Force Affiliate. An investigation revealed Nelson was trading child pornography online using sophisticated technology.
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> “Children are re-victimized every time a criminal views or shares images of child exploitation, and we are seeking to put an end to this cycle of abuse,” Attorney General Hood said. “I want to extend my thanks to our law enforcement officers and investigators who work tirelessly to protect children both here in Mississippi and elsewhere.”
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> This case was prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Brandon Ogburn of the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit.
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