On Aug. 24 Attorney General Jim Hood announced the arrest of 24-year-old Nicholas Whittington, who is charged with one count of child exploitation.

Whittington, of Hazlehurst, was arrested at his home Wednesday by investigators with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit, with assistance from the Copiah County Sheriff’s Office. Following an investigation of suspicious online activity, investigators executed a search warrant at Whittington’s home. He was arrested following the search and transported to the Copiah County Detention Center.

If convicted, Whittington faces up to 40 years in prison. A charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case was investigated by the Mississippi Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and it will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Brandon Ogburn.