PASCAGOULA -- A former Jackson County Sheriff's Department employee assigned to the Internet technology department is no longer facing felony charges of possession of child pornography, records show.
A Jackson County grand jury determined there was insufficient evidence to indict Jeffrey Trehern on five charges of exploitation of a child, which is the charge child pornography cases are indicted on in the state.
Trehern was 33 years old when sheriff's investigators arrested him in November on five counts of possession of child pornography. At the time of the arrest, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd said Trehern worked in IT at the maximum-security jail in Pascagoula.
Byrd said then that sheriff's investigators trained to track child predators over the Internet did an exam of Trehern's home computer and found images of children engaged in sexual activity. Trehern was terminated as a result. Byrd said after the arrest, "We are going to police our own. We are going to enforce the law, and we are going to do what's right even if it's one of our own."
When asked why the case was not indicted, Jackson County District Attorney Tony Lawrence said, "While the forensic examination of Mr. Trehern's HP Elitebook computer revealed questionable activity, the examiner found no child pornography on this device."