On May 24 Attorney General Jim Hood announced that a Madison County man is going to prison for child exploitation.

Timothy Flanagan, 40, pled guilty Monday in Madison County Circuit Court to one count of child exploitation. Judge John Emfinger sentenced Flanagan to 40 years in prison with 20 to serve. Flanagan was ordered to pay $1,000 to the Mississippi Children’s Trust Fund and another $1,000 to the Mississippi Crime Victim Compensation Fund.

Flanagan was arrested in Flora in August 2016 by investigators with the Attorney General’s Cybercrime Unit, with the assistance of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, following an investigation that revealed he was downloading child pornography from the internet.

“Unfortunately, this is not the first time this man has admitted guilt in handling child pornography,” said General Hood. “In 2014, Flanagan registered as a sex offender after pleading guilty to three counts of possession of child porn in Wyoming. This is exactly why the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is so important­—to be sure individuals like Flanagan are not able to exploit our children.”

This case was investigated by Jay Houston and prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Brandon Ogburn of the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit.