Attorney General Jim Hood announced today that a Saucier man has been arrested and charged with three counts of child exploitation.
Michael Joseph Gennaro Jr., 30, was arrested late Thursday in Ocean Springs by investigators with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit with assistance from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Ocean Springs Police Department and the Gulf Coast Cybercrime Taskforce.
Investigators executed a search warrant following an investigation of Gennaro’s online activity. As a result of the search warrant, he was arrested.
Gennaro was booked into the Jackson County Detention Center with no bond set. If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison and a $500,000 fine for each count. As with all cases, 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 will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Brandon Ogburn of the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit.