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Southaven alderman charged for transporting child porn

(Source: DeSoto County Jail) (Source: DeSoto County Jail)
SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC) -

Southaven Alderman Ronald Hale has been charged with transportation of child pornography. 

Hale was arrested last month for hiring prostitutes and was later released on bond. 

Ronald Hale, 57, represented Ward 2 in DeSoto County and was also a Memphis firefighter. 

Hale resigned his position Wednesday and turned himself in to U.S. Marshals in Oxford. He was released on a $5,000 bond.

"Very shocked,” said Southaven resident Nicole Rykbos. “You don't expect that kind of thing in Southaven."

According to the indictment, Hale is charged with one count of transporting sexually explicit images and videos of minors from Tennessee to Mississippi via a computer or phone around Nov.. 22.

"A lot of the people you think are going to be stand-up citizens have a lot of skeletons in their closet," said Southaven resident Megan McCoy.

Hale was charged last month on a misdemeanor prostitution charge. The child porn charges came after a search warrant of Hale's electronic devices.

Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite said in a written statement that a resolution will be presented to the board of aldermen to create a vacancy in Hale's district and a special election will be held.

Hale retired from the Memphis Fire Department a few weeks ago.

He is scheduled to go to trial in February on the child pornography charge.

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