Mississippi police officer arrested for sex crimes against children after tipsters identified him on video

Mississippi police officer arrested for child sex offenses after tipsters identified him as man in video abusing a child

  • Joshua Stockstill, 29, was arrested Thursday at work in the Picayune Police Station
  • He is charged with six charges of sexually abusing a child
  • On Wednesday, the FBI had issued an appeal for information with his photo
  • The FBI’s tip line was flooded with calls and Stockstill was quickly identified
  • Stockstill has been fired by Picayune police and awaits trial

A Mississippi police officer has been arrested for sexually abusing children after being identified by the public following an FBI request for information.

Joshua Christopher Stockstill, 29, was arrested Thursday — the day after the FBI distributed his photo with the help of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

The FBI press release contained an audio file of the suspect appearing to be saying the phrase “nine years old.”

Joshua Stockstill, 29, was arrested Thursday while working at the Picayune Police Station. He is charged with four counts of distributing material proving the abuse of a child, one count of lustful touching and one count of production, the Mississippi attorney general said.

The NCMEC said it had “provided critical information” leading to the arrest of a person known as “John Doe 44.”

He was described as ‘a man seen in child sexual abuse images’ and the abuse took place on or before November 2018.

Stockstill had worked with the Picayune Police Department for six years and was immediately fired.

He was arrested at work, the Sun Herald reported.

Freddy Drennan, Picayune Police Chief, said: “When we learned that an investigation was underway, the police were 100% cooperating with the investigation.”

Picayune Police Chief Freddy Drennan said Stockstill was fired immediately Stock

Picayune Police Chief Freddy Drennan said Stockstill was fired immediately Stock

Stockstill has been charged with four counts of distributing material proving the abuse of a child, one count of lustful touch and one count of production, the Mississippi attorney general said.

The NCMEC said in a: blog post that they employ a “team of analysts who work tirelessly to identify clues in images and videos” that can help track down abused children. That team discovered an image of John Doe 44, which the FBI in turn made public.

“Within hours of the FBI making his photo public, he was identified and arrested,” the NCMEC said of the suspect.

Shelley Allwang, director of the Exploited Children Division at NCMEC, said: ‘Every day we analyze images of child sexual abuse in hopes of finding a clue that will lead us to the location where a child is being abused.

“One of the most useful clues is when we find an adult face in the images.

“Judges can make that information public during their investigation.”

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