Stockman Sentenced for Exploitation of a Child

Joseph Stockman of Enterprise was sentenced in Clarke County Circuit Court Wednesday for possession of child pornography. The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Brandon Ogburn.

Stockman pleaded guilty to the charge of exploitation of a child. He was sentenced to ten years, with six years suspended.

Stockman was ordered to pay $2,000 in fines ($50,000 with $48,000 suspended), serve five years post release supervision and must register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.

The attorney general's office said a cybertip from AOL helped catch Stockman emailing child porn.

"I hope this will serve as a warning to others in our state who are doing the same thing," said Attorney General Jim Hood.

The A.G. says Stockman had originally provided AOL with a false zip code that indicated he was residing in Washington State. When further investigation revealed the defendant lived in Mississippi, Spokane County authorities turned the investigation over to the Mississippi Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit.

The case was investigated jointly by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit/ Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Clarke County Sheriff's Department.