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Meridian resident going to prison for child exploitation

Eric Smith.....Source: MS Attorney General's Office Eric Smith.....Source: MS Attorney General's Office
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Attorney General Jim Hood announced Tuesday that a Meridian man is going to prison for possessing child pornography. Eric Deshawn Smith, 32, of Meridian, pleaded guilty today to one count of child exploitation before Lauderdale County Circuit Court Judge Justin Cobb.

Smith was sentenced to 40 years in prison with 33 of those years suspended, leaving seven years to serve, followed by five years of post-release supervision. Smith was ordered to pay $1,000 to the Mississippi Children’s Trust Fund, $1,000 to the Mississippi Crime Victim Compensation Fund, and must register as a sex offender.

Smith was arrested April 4 at his home by investigators with the Attorney General’s Cybercrime Unit. It was discovered through an investigation that Smith was downloading images and videos of child sexual abuse.

“Our resolve grows stronger in every case to hold accountable Internet sexual predators accountable and bring criminals to justice,” Attorney General Hood said. “We appreciate Judge Cobb’s sentence and are glad to work with law enforcement agencies across Mississippi to make our communities safer.”

This case was prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Brandon Ogburn of the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit.

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