On Aug. 11 Attorney General Jim Hood announced the sentencing of 23-year-old Darryl Warner III, of Poplarville, who entered an open plea on one count of child exploitation.

Warner, originally from Picayune, was sentenced Aug. 11 by Pearl River County Circuit Court Judge Claiborne McDonald. Judge McDonald sentenced him to 30 years with 15 to serve and 15 suspended with post-release supervision. Upon his release from the Mississippi Department of Corrections, Warner must register as a sex offender.

“Another pervert is behind bars and away from our children thanks to the work of our cybercrime division and the sentencing by Judge McDonald,” said General Hood. “This is some of the most important work our office handles—protecting the children in our state and convicting those who put them in harm’s way.”

Warner was arrested April 5, 2016, after being found in possession of hundreds of images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children under the age of eight, some as young as toddlers. These videos and pictures showed adult men forcing infants to perform oral sex, and it also showed men raping young girls. He was arrested by Investigator Wayne Lynch of the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit/Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force with assistance from the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Office and the Picayune Police Department.

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