Jackson, MS—A Brandon resident is going to prison for child exploitation, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.
Justin Lee Goldsmith, 20, of Brandon, appeared before Rankin County Circuit Court Judge William E. Chapman today where he entered an open plea of guilty to one count of child exploitation. An open plea means the defendant refuses to accept the state’s recommendation and instead throws himself at the mercy of the court. As a result, Judge Chapman sentenced Goldsmith to 40 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections with five years to serve. He also received five years of probation, must pay $1,000 to the children’s trust fund and must register as a sex offender upon release.
Goldsmith was arrested by investigators with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit following a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The Attorney General’s investigation revealed that the defendant had been uploading images of child pornography to his Tumbler account using the screen name “incestisbest123”.
“We thank Judge Chapman for helping us put another child predator behind bars,” said Attorney General Hood. “We are hot on the trail of many others that we intend to see the same fate.”