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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