Ocean Springs alderman indicted for video titled 'Bathtime with Daddy'

mbbaker@sunherald.comSeptember 21, 2012 

PASCAGOULA -- A Jackson County grand jury has indicted Ocean Springs Alderman James Hagan on a felony charge of exploitation of a child after a forensic exam of his work computer resulted in the discovery of a video dubbed "Bathtime with Daddy," according to court records.

According to the indictment, the video features a 3-year-old child.

Hagan was first arrested in November on charges of touching of a child for lustful purposes and embezzlement stemming from the theft of a laptop computer that belonged to the city of Ocean Springs.

The grand jury failed to indict Hagan on the sex crime charge, and the grand jury has not yet issued a decision in the embezzlement case.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department investigated the case instead of the Ocean Springs Police Department because Hagan, as a city official, is involved in overseeing the police department.

State law does not require an elected official to step down because of an arrest.

However, if Hagan is convicted of a crime, state law requires him to step down.

For now, Hagan remains an alderman representing Ward 6.

Hagan was served his indictment Friday. He's out of jail on a $50,000 bond.

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