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Mississippi ex-alderman pleads guilty to child porn charge

April 2, 2018

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A former alderman from Mississippi’s third-largest city is pleading guilty to a federal charge of transporting child pornography.

Susan Bradley, a spokeswoman for prosecutors, says Ronnie Hale of Southaven made the plea Monday in Aberdeen. Hale is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 1 and faces five to 20 years in prison and fines up to $250,000.

Hale remains free on bail until then.

Hale resigned his office after his December indictment on charges of taking computer files with “visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct” across state lines from Tennessee into Mississippi.

Authorities found the pornography when executing a search warrant following Hale’s arrest for allegedly promising money to a woman for sex. Hale’s misdemeanor prostitution case is scheduled for trial April 26 in DeSoto County.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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