Former police sergeant sentenced to 30 years for child sexual exploitation

Project Safe Childhood is a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.

Gulfport, Mississippi: The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Mississippi announced on Friday, April 7 that 29-year-old former Picayune Police Sergeant Joshua Christopher Stocksill had been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for sexually exploiting a child.


The sentencing happened on Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Taylor B. McNeel.


According to the press release Stocksill plead guilty to producing a video of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct on November 30, 2021.


Stocksill is said to have "enticed a minor child to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduce with his cell phone camera in Pearl River County in November 2018."


The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children became aware of the video and other images which triggered the investigation.


Stocksill was identified as the suspect on July 14, 2021 after a joint investigation conducted by the NCMEC and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Gulfport.


As a part of his sentence Stocksill was ordered to pay an assessment in the amount of $10,000 under the Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act of 2018.


According to Law and Crime, who procured a copy of the plea agreement, the 30 year sentence is the statutory maximum sentence.