According to Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch three more child predators have been sentenced for exploiting our children in cases investigated and prosecuted by the state Cyber Crime Division, including a Clarke County man.
On August 31, William Dale Scrimshire of Pachuta, Mississippi, pled guilty to child exploitation – possession of child exploitation materials and was sentenced by Judge Charles Wright of Clarke County Circuit Court to 40 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, with 8 years to serve and 5 years of supervised probation upon his release. He will have to serve his sentence day-for-day without possibility of parole, pay court costs as well as assessments and fees of $3,000, and register as a sex offender.
When a child is sexually abused and the image of that abuse is shared with others, they are victimized over and over again, every time that image or video is seen by another child predator. And, studies demonstrate that those who view child sexual abuse material online have a high likelihood of committing a hands-on offense against a child, as well. “When we take child predators offline, we are not only keeping victims from repeatedly reliving their trauma, we are stopping predators from finding new victims,” stated Fitch in her press release Thursday.