Sheriff's Office child pornography cases resulting in indictments

June 26, 2013 

Child-pornography cases that have resulted in indictments since 2010:

n Richard Dwayne Groshong, then 38, of the Helena community, indicted on a charge of exploitation of a child. He is accused of using a neighbor's wireless Internet service in 2010 to download the images.

n Thomas Matthew Pearson of Moss Point, arrested in June 2010 on a charge of possession of child pornography. Indicted on 11 charges of child exploitation.

n Former Ocean Springs police Lt. Steven Futral, arrested in June 2010, Indicted on six counts of child exploitation, Futral pleaded guilty to the charges and is serving a five-year sentence.

n Jason Ray Richards of Pascagoula, arrested in July 2009. Indicted on seven charges of child exploitation, he is serving a five-year sentence on a guilty plea.

n Alberto S. Gonzalez of Moss Point, a registered nurse at Ocean Springs Hospital, arrested in August 2010 on 30 charges of possession of child pornography. Indicted on nine counts of child exploitation.

n Jonathan Vaughn Russell of Ocean Springs, arrested in April 2010 on 10 charges of possession of child pornography. Indicted on 30 counts of child exploitation.

n Mark Fred Bowie of St. Martin, arrested in March 2010 on 50 charges of possession of child pornography. Indicted on four charges of child exploitation.

n Richard Dean Thompson of the Latimer community and a former volunteer firefighter and explorer scout instructor, arrested in April 2010 on 32 charges of possession of child pornography. Indicted on six counts of child exploitation.

n Richard Matthew Berry of Pascagoula, arrested in September 2011 on a charge of possession of child pornography. Indicted on two charges of child exploitation.

n Derek Lane Christopher of Vancleave, arrested in September 2011 on charges of sexual battery, child molestation and possession of child pornography. Indicted on two charges of sexual battery, four charges of touching of a child for lustful purposes and one of child exploitation.

n Francis Austyn Hawkins of Ocean Springs, arrested in January 2011 on three charges of possession of child pornography. Indicted on five charges of child exploitation.

n James Keith Ward Jr. of the Escatawpa community, arrested in March 2012 on five charges of possession of child pornography. Indicted on two charges of child exploitation.

n Rickey Eugene Rhodes of the Escatawpa community, arrested in October 2011 on 17 charges of possession of child pornography. Indicted on a charge of child exploitation.

n Paul Allen Raposa of Gautier, arrested in 2011 on four charges of possession of child pornography. Indicted on four charges of child exploitation, he has pleaded guilty to all four charges and is serving five years.

n Marvin Calvin Lee Jr. of Lucedale, arrested in September 2011 by George County deputies on 50 charges of possession of child pornography. Indicted on a charge of child exploitation.

-- Margaret Baker

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