JSU president resigns after arrest for soliciting prostitute

Source: Clinton Police Dept./WLBT

CLINTON, Miss. (WLBT) - William Bynum, the president of Jackson State University, was arrested this weekend in Clinton on charges of procuring services of a prostitute, false statement of identity, and simple possession of marijuana.

Bynum, 57, was arrested as part of a sting of arrests handled by Clinton police detectives.

Bynum resigned as president Monday morning. He has served as president since 2017.

The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning will discuss appointing an interim president soon.

Detectives made 17 arrests over the weekend on prostitution charges after making contact through the dark web.

Another arrest made was Shonda McCarthy, who is listed as a JSU professor.

The full list of arrests include:

Holly Ann Wheaton, age 35, of Springfield, Tennessee: Prostitution

Steve Hampton, age 57, of Jackson, Mississippi: Promoting Prostitution, Possession of Crack Cocaine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Anthony Bowman, age 48, of Vicksburg, Mississippi: Procuring Services of a Prostitute

William Bynum Jr., age 57, of Jackson, Mississippi: Procuring Services of a Prostitute, False Statement of Identity, and Simple Possession of Marijuana.

Fredrick Robinson, age 41, of Jackson, Mississippi: Promoting Prostitution

Sierra Case, age 23, of Jackson, Mississippi: Prostitution

Sheena Stanford, age 35, of Jackson, Mississippi: Promoting Prostitution
Taylor Ducre, age 30, of Angie, Louisiana: Prostitution and Possession of Cocaine

Eric Jackson, age 34, of Jackson, Mississippi: Promoting Prostitution

Naketa Williams, age 37, of Jackson, Mississippi: Prostitution

Shonda McCarthy, age 46, of Jackson, Mississippi: Procuring Services of a Prostitute and Possession of Marijuana while Operating a Motor Vehicle.

Rosella Brown, age 25, of Canton, Mississippi: Prostitution

Alexis Miller, age 23, of Memphis, Tennessee: Conspiracy to Promote Prostitution

Temeela Palmer, age 31, of Memphis, Tennessee: Prostitution and Conspiracy to Promote Prostitution

Joseph Jones, age 30, of Memphis, Tennessee: Conspiracy to Promote Prostitution

Jesus Porrata, age 31, of Memphis, Tennessee: Promoting Prostitution