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Gulfport man found guilty of downloading child porn at casinos

Russell Haley (Photo source: MS Attorney General's Office) Russell Haley (Photo source: MS Attorney General's Office)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

A 67-year-old Gulfport man accused of using free Wi-Fi from casinos to download child pornography will spend the next decade in prison.  

Russell Haley was arrested in August 2015 at the Diamond Jacks Casino in Vicksburg. Investigators had built a case against him showing how he used the free Wi-Fi at casino hotels throughout Mississippi and Louisiana to download hundreds of child sexual abuse images. Officials say he did so over several months, using aliases when checking into the hotels in order to mask his identity.

Friday, Haley pleaded guilty to one count of child exploitation in Warren County Circuit Court. 

Judge James Chaney sentenced Haley to 40 years in prison with 30 of those years suspended. He was ordered to pay a $50,000 fine, $1,000 to the Mississippi Children’s Trust Fund, and another $1,000 to the Mississippi Crime Victim Compensation Fund. 

Haley must also register as a sex offender upon his release from prison and is banned from the premises of any casino. 

The joint investigation included the Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, Mississippi Gaming Commissions, Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit, Louisiana State Police Gaming Detectives, and Warren County Sheriff's Office. 

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