Mississippi man sentenced for child exploitation

Darryl Warner III (Source: Mississippi Attorney General's Office)

JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) - A Poplarville man was sentenced Friday for possession of hundreds of pornographic images of sexual abuse of children.

The Mississippi Attorney General's Office prosecuted the case against 23-year-old Darryl Warner, III, who entered an open plea on one count of child exploitation.

Warner, originally from Picayune, was sentenced Friday by Pearl River County Circuit Court Judge Claiborne McDonald. Judge McDonald sentenced him to 30 years with 15 to serve and 15 suspended with post-release supervision. Upon his release from the Mississippi Department of Corrections, Warner must register as a sex offender.

“Another pervert is behind bars and away from our children thanks to the work of our cybercrime division and the sentencing by Judge McDonald,” said Attorney General Jim Hood. “This is some of the most important work our office handles, protecting the children in our state and convicting those who put them in harm’s way.”

The A.G.'s office says Warner was arrested April 5, 2016, after being found in possession of hundreds of images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children under the age of eight, some as young as toddlers. Officials said the videos and pictures showed adult men forcing infants to perform oral sex, and it also showed men raping young girls.