JEFFORY CHAD TURNER A/K/A JEFFORY C. TURNER A/K/A JEFFORY TURNER APPELLANT
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI APPELLEE
OF JUDGMENT: 06/15/2017
FROM WHICH APPEALED: DESOTO COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT, HON.
CELESTE EMBREY WILSON JUDGE
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT: OFFICE OF STATE PUBLIC DEFENDER BY:
HUNTER NOLAN AIKENS
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEE: OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL BY:
JOSEPH SCOTT HEMLEBEN
DISTRICT ATTORNEY: JOHN W. CHAMPION
IRVING, P.J., CARLTON AND FAIR, JJ.
On April 19, 2017, following a jury trial, Jeffory Chad
Turner was convicted of child exploitation, in violation of
Mississippi Code Annotated section 97-5-33 (Rev. 2014), and
sentenced to seventeen years in the custody of the
Mississippi Department of Corrections with seven years to
serve, followed by ten years of post-release supervision.
Turner appeals. For the following reasons, we affirm.
On September 29, 2015, Detective Brannon Rushing, of the
Southaven Police Department, placed an online advertisement
in the personals section of the Memphis Craigslist
website (Craigslist), in furtherance of an online
investigation. At the time, Detective Rushing was assigned to
the Mississippi Attorney General's Office's Internet
Crimes Against Children Task Force (task force). The task
force was created to help State and local law enforcement
agencies respond to offenders who use the internet, online
communication systems, or other computer technology to
sexually exploit children. The task force requires training,
which Detective Rushing received.
The online advertisement posted at 9:18 a.m. was titled
"Curious in the Haven-m4m (Southhaven)," and read,
"Hi. I am an attractive younger guy who has only been
with girls. I am curious about the lifestyle and can host
today until 5. HMU." At 10:21 a.m., Turner responded to the
post, sending the following communication: "Sounds like
fun! Would love to help you learn."
Over about a two-hour period, the following conversation
occurred between Detective Rushing posing as Timothy, a
fifteen-year-old, and Turner:
Timothy 10:24 a.m.: Man, I am nervous about the whole thing
because I have only been with a girl and I have no idea what
to do. I know that I do not want my friends to know about
Turner 10:28 a.m.: I understand! I'm not out and no one
knows about me doing it either. We can make sure that no one
Timothy 10:32 a.m.: I have limited time that I can do it
because I skipped classes today and I have the house to
myself until this evening. I wouldn't even know how to
start though. LOL
Turner 10:50 a.m.: We just start by sitting and talking and
let things develop from there.
Timothy 10:57 a.m.: Well my parents won't be home until
late this evening. They don't know I skipped school. Its
not like I am that young though, I will turn 16 in January. I
am just nervously that I won't like it and someone will
be too pushy.
Turner 11:04 a.m.: I can assure you I won't go any
further than you want to go. I'm a laid back guy.
Timothy 11:07 a.m.: Cool. You think you could come over
today? I don't normally have the house to myself without
my parents. What are your stats.
Turner 11:10 a.m.: Yeah. I can head over now if you want.
Turner 11:11 a.m.: I'm white, 27, 5'10", brown
hair, glasses. ...