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Man Accused Of Using Free Casino Wi Fi To Download Child Porn Sentenced To 10 Years In Jail

Man Accused Of Using Free Casino Wi-Fi To Download Child Porn Sentenced To 10 Years In Jail

Russell Haley, 67, of Gulfport, Mississippi was arrested on the charges of downloading child pornography using free Wi-Fi at the Diamond Jacks Casino in Vicksburg in August 2015 has been sentenced to 40 years in prison, with 30 years suspended, after he pleaded guilty to one count of child exploitation. He has also been asked to pay $50,000 fine and a $1,000 to the Mississippi Children’s Trust Fund and $1,000 to the Mississippi Crime Victim Compensation Fund.

Hailey has also been required to register as a sex offender upon his release and would be banned from entering the casinos.

Investigators discovered that Haley was a regular visitor to different casinos to download and view illegal images of children being sexually abused using the free Wi-Fi to maintain anonymity by blending in with the crowd. Investigators also reported Haley of using false identities to conceal his identity further.

Police did not reveal the information of other casino properties. Diamond Jacks which is on the banks of the Mississippi River is now known as the WaterView, owing to its position, after it underwent major renovations.

Jim Hood, Attorney General, Mississippi said: “This man thought he could hide, but our investigators and those with the assisting agencies work every day to be sure child predators are not safe to commit these crimes.”

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