Former Bank Executive Indicted

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A former Regions Bank vice president has been indicted by a Jackson County grand jury on 19 felony charges involving the sexual abuse and exploitation of children.

Claude Coleman, a 44-year-old father and husband, was indicted this week on four charges of child molestation and 15 counts of child pornography.

If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison and fines of up to $500,000 on each molestation charge and up to 15 years and a $5,000 fine on each pornography count.

Coleman was arrested July 27 at his home in a south Gautier subdivision on the molestation counts. Police say the child pornography charges followed after investigators seized his computers and other items featuring young boys participating in sexual acts.

Coleman is also facing similar charges in Lauderdale County. He was charged in August locally on charges of sexual battery and lustful touching of a child.

Coleman was jailed at the Jackson County Adult Detention Center. Bail was set at $850,000.

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  • by jow Location: meridian on Nov 30, 2009 at 05:54 AM
    If you read "thou shalt not kill" in it's context you know that it means not to murder, execution as consequence is different. I agree with you dixie, hang him!
  • by dixieswampangel Location: somewhere in the swamps of East Central Missisippi on Nov 28, 2009 at 05:52 AM
    There are no words to describe this horror. I am so very sorry for the victims; all the little boys, also his wife and children. We must pray for them!! Why would a man with a mind like this marry and raise a family? I am a firm advocate of the death penalty and this is one of the places it should be applied. I know "thou shalt not kill" but I think it applies to "without a judge and jury". How many lives has this man ruined???
  • by Worried Location: Faraway on Nov 28, 2009 at 05:04 AM
    Great job on stopping this Sick Person..Now burn him up and throw his ashes in the landfill.....
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