Accused child pornographer could face 400 years in prison and $5 million in fines

Published 4:14 pm Thursday, April 11, 2019

A Rankin County man was denied bond Thursday morning after investigators with Attorney General Jim Hood’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested him for allegedly downloading child pornography.

Timothy Sistrunk, 57, was arrested Wednesday and charged with 10 counts of child exploitation for possession of child pornography. He is being held in the Rankin County jail without bond.

If convicted, Sistrunk faces up to 400 years in prison and $5,000,000 in fines. A charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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This case was investigated by the AG’s ICAC Task Force with assistance from the Florence Police Department, University of Mississippi Medial Center Police Department, and ICAC affiliate Rankin County Sheriff’s Office. It will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Brandon Ogburn.