AG’s office cracks down on child porn offenders

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal


TUPELO – Two more arrests for possession of child pornography were announced Thursday after the recent formation of a task force designed to cut down on the crime.
Lee County Sheriff’s deputies charged Christopher McMillen, 30, and Brianna McMillen, 23, with possession of child pornography with the intent to distribute. Bond was set at $100,000.
The McMillens, in a trailer Highway 178 in Tupelo, were arrested Tuesday after deputies said a search warrant on the couple’s computer produced several pornographic videos involving children.
On Wednesday, authorities announced that they had arrested Mitchell Kennedy, 45, of Booneville on charges of possessing child pornography. Last week the Tupelo Police Department arrested Kirby Lackey, 40, of Tupelo with possession of child pornography.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Department and Tupelo Police Department are partnering with the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office on the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Attorney General Jim Hood said more than 2,000 people in Mississippi are downloading child pornography.
Of that number, he said, “we suspect at least 10 percent of those have already molested a child. That is too many children who are in danger from these people, so it’s up to us to protect them. We want to get these people off the streets before something terrible happens.”
Tupelo Capt. Chuck Bunn said joining the task force gives the department a chance to use new technology to locate and arrest potential predators.
“This is a new endeavor for us, but it is needed,” said Bunn. “We want to get these people off the computer and into custody and being a part of this task force allows us to pool resources to do just that.”
Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson has been pursuing Internet sex stings for more than two years. His department has the only in-house Cyber Crime Lab in north Mississippi with a lab that allows deputies to be able to analyze software themselves.
Johnson said the lab extends its services to other departments in Northeast Mississippi.
“We recognized there was a potential danger from child predators over the Internet,” said Johnson. “So in order to protect our children from these people we began to get them off the streets.”
Hood said the task force is targeting people who download large amounts of child pornography first.
“We have the technology to be proactive in preventing a child from being hurt by these predators and we’re going to use it,” said Hood.

Contact Danza Johnson at (662) 678-1583 or danza.johnson@djournal.com.