A Carriere, Mississippi man pled guilty to producing a video of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office and the FBI.
According to court documents, Joshua Christopher Stockstill, 29, enticed a minor child to “engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct with his cellphone camera” in Pearl River County in November 2018.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children became aware of the video and other images and with the assistance of NCMEC, the FBI in Gulfport identified then Picayune Police Sergeant Joshua Christopher Stockstill as the producer of the video.
Stockstill is scheduled to be sentenced on February 24 at 1:30 p.m. in Gulfport, and faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release, and a maximum $250,000 fine. A federal district judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the case with the assistance of the Mississippi Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Division.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Jones is prosecuting the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.