Crime

He was a police officer caught with child porn. Now he’s a free man.

Former Ocean Springs police officer Steven Futral looks back at his family after being sentenced to five years and a $12,500 fine on child exploitation charges on Friday, November 9, 2012, in Pascagoula. He was released from prison on Aug. 29, 2016.
Former Ocean Springs police officer Steven Futral looks back at his family after being sentenced to five years and a $12,500 fine on child exploitation charges on Friday, November 9, 2012, in Pascagoula. He was released from prison on Aug. 29, 2016. amccoy@sunherald.com

A former public information officer at the Ocean Springs Police Department is out of prison after serving five years for downloading videos of children as young as 7 years old engaged in sex acts.

Steven Futral, 50, was released from prison Aug. 29 and his attorney, Calvin Taylor, has since gone to court to ask a judge to disburse any of the $10,000 cash bond he had posted years ago to make bail to pay any remaining court fees and fines.

“He served his sentence,” Taylor said. “I hope the best for him.”

Jackson County sheriff’s investigators arrested Futral on June 7, 2010, on one count of possession of child pornography, or exploitation of a child, at his Ocean Springs home.

Investigators seized his personal and police laptops and sent them to a forensic expert to be examined for other possible illegal pornography.

Futral was fired after he was arrested again on July 11, 2010, on five additional exploitation charges after authorities found more child porn on his police laptop.

Futral admitted having at least four videos that appeared to feature the name Vicky.

One of the 24-minute video files shows the “early work” by a Vicky at the age of 7. A “string bikini” video is of an 11-year-old Vicky.

Two videos were named “Pedophilia, Parts 1 and 2,” and a fifth video shows a 14-year-old boy performing sex acts.

In 2012, Futral pleaded guilty to five counts of exploitation of a child and was sentenced to 25 years with five years to serve day for day.

He also got credit for time served. The judge fined him $12,500 and ordered him to pay all court costs and fees.

He remains on five years of post-release supervision.

Taylor said he did not know where Futral is living now.

Margaret Baker: 228-896-0538, @Margar45

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