Mississippi sheriff: Warrant issued for former resident on 1,089 counts of possession of child pornography

Published 4:07 pm Wednesday, December 22, 2021

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division has charged a former Natchez resident with 1,089 counts of possession of child pornography.

On Tuesday, the sheriff’s office obtained an arrest warrant for Tyler Anthony Keith, 29, who is currently incarcerated in Galveston, Texas facing charges of arson and burglary unrelated to the case in Adams County, investigator Frank Smith said.

Smith said Keith would be extradited to Adams County to face the child pornography charges. Keith’s last listed address is in Natchez, though appears that he had been recently living in the Galveston area, Smith said.

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Adams County Sheriff Travis Patten said his investigators have been working on this case for about two weeks using recently acquired digital forensic technology.

“This is technology we obtained through a non-profit organization that the state doesn’t have now,” Patten said. “It’s pretty high-tech stuff.”

Investigator Rustic Cavin said digital images were flagged by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Attorney General Lynn Fitch’s office was contacted.

The Attorney General then assigned the case to ACSO to investigate based on it having occurred in Natchez. ACSO is a member of an Internet Crimes Against Children task force and is assigned to such cases that occur in the area, Cavin said.

Cavin said each charge against Keith represents a piece of digital forensic evidence found during their investigation. Smith said he expects more charges to be filed as investigators are still going through evidence.

Patten said he is proud of his investigators because cases like this are not easy to work on.

“This is a very disturbing case,” Patten said in a news release. “… Predators need to be removed from society to protect the children in our community.”