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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Mississippi

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Purvis Man Sentenced to 10 Months for Sending ObsceneMaterial to a Minor

Hattiesburg, Miss. – Mark Randy Magee, 61, of Purvis, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett to 10 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for transferring obscene materials to a minor under the age of 16, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst, Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood. Magee was also ordered to pay $28,000 in restitution to the victim and register as a sex offender.

On January 15, 2016, a woman reported to the Salem Police Department in Salem, Illinois, that her 14 year-old daughter had received graphic, sexually explicit, videos on the child’s iPad from a man named "Randy M." During the online "chats", the man said he was 48 years old and lived in Mississippi.

Further investigation led FBI agents to Mark Randy Magee in Purvis, Mississippi.A search warrant was executed on Magee’s home and electronic devices were seized that confirmed the online "chats" and sexually explicit videos sent to the child in Illinois.

On September 7, 2018, Magee was charged in a federal indictment with transferring obscene materials to a minor under the age of 16. He pled guilty before Judge Starrett on January 31, 2019. Magee has a prior felony conviction for attempting to meet with a minor in Ohio for unlawful sexual contact.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office jointly investigated the case. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Glenda R. Haynes.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated May 15, 2019