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Mississippi man, 71, gets prison for child exploitation

August 30, 2019

LEAKESVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A 71-year-old Mississippi man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for forcing a 10-year-old to put on makeup and pose sexually while he photographed her.

Citing a prosecutor statement, news outlets report Homer Creel also was sentenced to pay $50,000 per count fine and $1,000 to the Mississippi Children’s Trust Fund and to register as a sex offender. District Attorney Angel Myers-McIlrath says in the statement that Creel pleaded guilty this month to eight counts of child exploitation.

She says his sentence in this case will run consecutively with one he’s serving in Perry County on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Myers-McIlrath says the victim “showed enormous courage and bravery” by reporting the abuse.

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