Former Picayune officer arrested, charged in child exploitation case

A former Picayune Police sergeant was arrested July 15, 2021 on a series of charges stemming from an investigation into child exploitation.

The Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, the FBI and Picayune Police Department worked together on the case, after a tip came in to the FBI.

Joshua Christopher Stockstill, 29, was charged with 4 counts of distribution, 1 count of lustful touching and 1 count of production in relation to child exploitation.

The FBI distributed a flyer showing am man listed as John Doe 44 and asking the public’s help to identify the man. According to the flyer, “It is believed that the individual may have critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in a sexual exploitation investigation.

“The video depicting John Doe 44 is believed to have been produced prior to November of 2018.”

Authorities with the FBI spoke to other media outlets, saying the video of John Doe 44, shown with a child, were recorded by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in February. The investigation is part of the FBI’s Operation Rescue Me.

He was booked into the Pearl River County jail at 12:27 a.m. on July 15, but no longer is listed as an inmate, according to the jail website.

This is a developing story. WXXV will update this story with more details as they become available.


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