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Biloxi man convicted of downloading child porn gets 25 years

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Wendell Wayne Hayes (Photo source: District Attorney Joel Smith's Office) Wendell Wayne Hayes (Photo source: District Attorney Joel Smith's Office)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

A Biloxi man who prosecutors say had "a library of child pornography" was sentenced to 25 years in prison Monday. It's pretty much a life sentence for 66-year-old Wendell Wayne Hayes.

Hayes's attorney argued that his client was only expected to live another 16 years. But Circuit Court Judge Lawrence Bourgeois said he wasn't bound by the life expectancy computation. Due to the nature of the offense, the sentence must also be served day for day without the hope of early release or parole.

Hayes was arrested in November 2010 and charged with Exploitation of a Child. Biloxi Police Investigator Donnie Dobbs was conducting an investigation of individuals downloading known items of child pornography utilizing file sharing networks within the city of Biloxi. The investigation lead to an IP address belonging to Wendell Hayes.

Prosecutors said when the officers arrived at Hayes's home to serve a search warrant, one of the first things they encountered was a computer actively downloading four videos of illegal material.

"What the investigators found in Hayes' apartment can only be described as a library of child pornography," said Assistant District Attorney George Huffman, who prosecuted the case.

The police department found approximately 1,700 images or pictures and 3,400 videos all depicting children in a sexual explicit manner. In addition to that, investigators found literature telling stories of children being molested. It was also determined that Hayes was convicted in 1984 of Sexual Battery.

Hayes pled guilty to the crime on December 10, 2012 and sentencing was deferred until a pre-sentence investigation was complete.

"Investigator Dobbs and the Biloxi Police Department were very diligent and conducted a tremendous investigation," said DA Joel Smith. "Every time an offender downloads one of these images, a child is victimized again."

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