Alderman #Facing 20 #Years For #USB Drive With #Child Porn

OXFORD, MS (Ben Caxton) — A Southaven alderman has resigned after being charged with transporting child pornography.

Ronnie Hale quit his post shortly after pleading not guilty in federal court in Oxford.

An indictment charges the 57-year-old of bringing computer files with “visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct” across state lines from Tennessee into Mississippi on November 22nd.

Hale was arrested last month and charged with procuring a prostitute; his lawyer says a search warrant based on that charge led to the pornography charge.

Hale is free on $5000 bail, trial is set for February 5th. If convicted Hale faces five to 20 years in prison and fines up to $250,000.