Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch is announcing the sentencing of three individuals who were investigated and prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office for child exploitation.
“My office is dedicated to investigating and prosecuting any individual who exploits our state’s most vulnerable citizens,” said Fitch. “If you suspect a child is being sexually exploited, please report it. Your tip could be the key in serving justice for the victims and keeping others safe.”
On Feb. 17, 2023, Quandom Demorrow Benn of Hattiesburg was sentenced by Forrest County Special Circuit Judge Lamar Pickard to a term of eight years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) with four years to serve followed by five years of post-release supervision. Benn must also register as a sex offender.
On Feb. 22, 2023, Larry Rostchild, III of Pascagoula was sentenced by Harrison County Circuit Judge Lawrence P Bourgeois, Jr. to a term of forty years in custody of the MDOC with seven years to serve followed by five years of post-release supervision. Additionally, Rostchild must register as a sex offender. Rostchild’s arrest was part of the Attorney General’s “Operation Bad Santa,” a multi-jurisdiction operation led by the General’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.
On Feb. 22, 2023, former Deputy Sheriff Lybriant Clark of Smith County was sentenced by Forrest County Circuit Judge Jon Mark Weathers to thirty years in custody of the MDOC with eight years to serve and five years of post-release supervision. Clark must register as a sex offender and permanently surrender any certification as a law enforcement officer.