Poplarville man sentenced to 40 years for child exploitation

Published 7:00 am Saturday, October 1, 2016

A Poplarville man pleaded guilty to child exploitation charges in Pearl River County Circuit Court on Thursday.

Jeffrey A. Davis, 61, was sentenced to 40 years, but will serve five years behind bars, with the remaining 35 years suspended, according to a release from the Mississippi Attorney General’s office.

Davis will also serve five years of post-release supervision and was ordered to pay $1,000 to the Mississippi Children’s Trust Fund and the Mississippi Crime Victim Compensation Fund in addition to registering as a sex offender, the release states.

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In November 2014, investigators from the AG’s Cyber Crime Unit arrested Davis at his home in Poplarville after investigations revealed he was using an online service to share and view child pornography, the release states.

“We work closely with law enforcement agencies across the state and nation to crack down on Internet crimes against children, and in this instance we acted on a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Cyber Tipline,” Attorney General Jim Hood said in the release. “We’ll keep up our cooperative efforts using the latest technology and investigative techniques to track down the evil predators online who commit crimes against our children.”

Davis was tried before Pearl River County Circuit Court Judge Anthony A. Mozingo, according to the release.

Special Assistant Attorney General Brandon Ogburn from the AG’s Cyber Crime Unit was the prosecutor, according to the release.