Jackson County

Ocean Springs man jailed on child porn charges

An Ocean Springs man has been charged with three counts of child pornography following his arrest Thursday night.

Officers with Ocean Springs and Jackson County seized downloads of child pornography, as well as a large amount of computer hardware and software, at an Ocean Springs residence where Francis Austin Hawkins, 23, was living after moving to the Coast from Texas.

The investigation continues. The arrests were the result of an investigation by the Tri County ICAC task force.

Hawkins is in Ocean Springs jail awaiting bond set by Judge Matthew Mestayer.

Read more about this story in Saturday's Sun Herald.