January 14, 2010
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472
Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that, through a plea agreement, John M. Frazier was sentenced to a 30-year sentence for two counts of exploitation of a child. Fifteen years will be suspended. Frazier will be required to spend every day of his fifteen year sentence in prison and will have to register as a sex offender upon his release. In addition, he will be required to serve five years of supervised probation following his release from custody.
On June 26, 2008, Frazier was arrested by the Madison Police Department for selling marijuana. At the time of his arrest, officers searched Frazier’s cell phone and discovered that it contained several images of child pornography.
The following day, a search warrant was executed on Frazier’s residence where law enforcement officials seized computers, DVDs and VHS tapes that contained child pornography.
Guest stated, “What started as a drug case quickly turned into an investigation for heinous crimes against children. The Madison Police Department’s investigation, along with the cooperation of the Attorney General’s Office, resulted in a potential child predator being removed for our streets.”
Guest added, “While no evidence was uncovered that Frazier produced the images, the mere possession of child pornography is a very serious offense. The possession of such images can often lead to the sexual abuse of children.”
Guest concluded, “Generally, in cases involving children, by the time the criminal justice system gets involved the damage to our children has already been done. But in this case, because of the work of the Madison Police Department, we have been able to remove one threat against our children before he had the opportunity to act.”