January 13, 2023

Hattiesburg Man Pleads Guilty To Possession of Child Pornography

Morgan Howard

A Hattiesburg, Mississippi man pled guilty to possession of child pornography.

44-year-old Zane Michael Bonner, pled guilty on January 10, in U.S. District Court in Hattiesburg.

According to court documents, Bonner was found to be in possession of a cellular telephone at his rehabilitation center residence in Hattiesburg on November 18, 2021, from which a forensic examination recovered over 2,500 visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Bonner has a previous conviction for possession of child pornography in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama.

Bonner is scheduled to be sentenced on April 19, 2023, and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the case with the assistance of the Mississippi Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Division and the Forest County Sheriff’s Office.

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