JACKSON, MS — Two men were arrested Thursday in separate cases after investigators discovered suspicious online activity, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.
Walter David Woodard, 64, of Meridian, and Mikel Peter Carlson, 54, of Stonewall, were arrested at their homes and each charged with two counts of child exploitation for possession of child pornography.
Woodard was booked into the Lauderdale County jail with his bond set at $100,000. Investigative assistance for this case was provided by the Meridian Police Department, Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office and Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.
Carlson was booked into the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office with his bond set at $50,000 by Clarke County Justice Court Judge, Toby Bartee. Investigative assistance for this case was provided by the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office and Stonewall Police Department.
If convicted for both counts, they each face up to 80 years in prison. A charge is merely an accusation, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. Both cases will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Brandon Ogburn.