Red Cross volunteer, 28, charged in child porn case

By MARGARET BAKER – mbbaker@sunherald.com

JACKSON COUNTY

A volunteer at the Southeast Mississippi chapter of the American Red Cross was placed on administrative leave after his arrest Tuesday on child pornography charges, officials confirmed.

Ellis Eugene Roberts II, 28, of the 2300 block of Old Mobile Highway, Pascagoula, is charged with four counts of possession of child pornography, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd said.

Paige Roberts, the Red Cross chapter’s executive director, said Roberts primarily served as a volunteer answering phones. The two are not related.

“He’s been a volunteer since June 2008, and as of this morning, he was put on administrative leave,” Paige Roberts said Tuesday. “We treat our volunteer staff the same way as our paid staff when it comes to human-resource issues. Law enforcement contacted us, and we have been fully cooperating since they contacted us.”

Also arrested was Timothy Blake Tapper, of the 1100 block of Communy Street, Pascagoula, who was charged as an accessory after the fact.

Hope Thornton, a sheriff’s investigator and member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, headed up the investigation as part of a joint effort dubbed Operation Mockingbird. The initiative uses new technology to identify suspected child predators.

Ellis Roberts was jailed on a total bond of $20,000. Tapper’s bond set at $10,000.

If convicted of all charges, Ellis Roberts is facing a maximum jail sentence of up to 80 years.

Tapper is facing a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

Prior to his arrest, Ellis Roberts made the news when he was shot in a June 19, 2005, road-rage incident in Jackson County. Colt Christian was convicted of aggravated assault in the case. Christian is serving an 18-year prison sentence.

Read more: http://www.sunherald.com/2010/04/06/2079995/red-cross-volunteer-28-charged.html#ixzz0kPuVxZks

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