*Jackson State University President William Bynum Jr. has resigned following his arrest in a prostitution sting.
According to reports, Bynum was among the 17 people arrested in Clinton, including another JSU employee, the clarionledger.com reports.
Bynum Jr., 57, was arrested and charged him with “procuring the services of a prostitute, false statement of identity and possession of marijuana,” writes the publication.
According to Clinton police, also arrested was Shonda McCarthy, director of JSU Art Galleries. Authorities say she also procured the services of a prostitute, in addition to charges of marijuana possession while operating a motor vehicle.
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The president of Jackson State University was among 17 people busted in a prostitution sting in Mississippi this weekend.https://t.co/NGIYbgYk63
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Via Clarion Ledger:
Clinton Police Chief Ford Hayman, speaking to the media Monday, said it’s possible several of those arrested could be part of a “multistate” prostitution ring.
The charges include prostitution, procuring the services of a prostitute, promoting prostitution, conspiracy to promote prostitution and also controlled substance violations.
Bynum was released from custody Sunday after posting a $3,000 bond. McCarthy was released the same day after posting a $2,000 bond, according to police records.
The chief said the sting didn’t turn up any evidence of human trafficking.
Here’s a further breakdown from the publication on who has been charged in the prostitution sting:
- William Bynum Jr., 57, Jackson; procuring services of a prostitute, false statement of identity, and simple possession of marijuana.
- Shonda McCarthy, 46, Jackson; procuring services of a prostitute and possession of marijuana while operating a motor vehicle.
- Holly Ann Wheaton, 35, Springfield, Tennessee; prostitution
- Steve Hampton, 57, Jackson; promoting prostitution, possession of crack cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia
- Anthony Bowman, 48, Vicksburg; procuring services of a prostitute
- Fredrick Robinson, 41, Jackson; promoting prostitution
- Sierra Case, 23, Jackson; prostitution
- Sheena Stanford, 35, Jackson; promoting prostitution
- Taylor Ducre, 30, Angie, Louisiana; prostitution and possession of cocaine
- Eric Jackson, 34, Jackson; promoting prostitution
- Naketa Williams, 37, Jackson; prostitution
- Rosella Brown, 25, Canton; prostitution
- Alexis Miller, 23, Memphis; conspiracy to promote prostitution
- Temeela Palmer, 31, Memphis; prostitution and conspiracy to promote prostitution
- Joseph Jones, 30, Memphis; conspiracy to promote prostitution
- Jesus Porrata, 31, Memphis; promoting prostitution
- A 17th person was arrested but no further information was immediately made available by law enforcement.