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Myrtle man indicted on using internet to attempt
to persuade minors to engage in sexual activity

March 15, 2011

OXFORD, Miss. – John Marshall Alexander, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, and Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson announced that:

James A. Richardson, 44, from Myrtle, Mississippi, was arrested on a federal indictment, charging him with using Yahoo! internet messaging to attempt to persuade a minor to engage in illicit sexual activity.

He is charged with violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2422(b), which makes it a federal crime to use facilities in interstate commerce, like the internet or cellular telephones, to attempt to persuade, induce or entice a minor to engage in illicit sexual behavior. If convicted, he faces no less than 10 years and no more than life in prison.

Richardson made an initial appearance before United States Magistrate Judge S. Allan Alexander on March 10 in Oxford and was released on $10,000 secured bond. He faces trial on 25, 2011, before United States Chief District Judge Michael P. Mills in Oxford.

A copy of the indictment is attached. An indictment is merely a charge and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program (ICAC) helps state and local law enforcement agencies develop an effective response to cyber enticement and child pornography cases. ICAC is administered by the Mississippi Attorney General and incorporates sheriff and police departments throughout the state, including the Lee County Sheriff’s Department and the Tupelo Police Department.

This arrest is the result of undercover operations conducted by the Mississippi Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and the Lee County Internet Crimes Task Force and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul Roberts.




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