Former Hancock County deputy charged with exploitation of children
A former Hancock County deputy has been charged with two counts of exploitation of children, accessing child pornography, after the Sheriff’s Office received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Deputy Derrick Flanagan, 36, was arrested Friday by the Attorney General’s Office and terminated from employment with Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. He is being held with no bond pending an initial court appearance.
The tip came in Tuesday and Chief Deputy Jeremy Skinner issued a press release on Friday saying the department investigated the tip and associated computer evidence, which revealed the cyber crime possibly involved a deputy.
Hancock County contacted the Cyber Crimes Division of the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office and asked them to take over the investigation.
The Sheriff’s Office worked with the Attorney General’s Office and the FBI.
This is an on-going investigation and is being conducted by the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.