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Federal court rejects motions to toss recent child exploitation indictments

Federal judges have denied attempts to have a couple of child exploitation indictments thrown out, one involving a former Kossuth Middle School coach.

Posted: Jun 23, 2018 6:50 AM
Updated: Jun 23, 2018 6:53 AM

OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - Federal judges have denied attempts to have a couple of child exploitation indictments thrown out, one involving a former Kossuth Middle School coach.

A grand jury indicted Micah Wilbanks after prosecutors said he secretly recorded girls in a locker room at the school.

A judge rejected Wilbanks' contention that the indictment accusing him of using a child to produce a sexually explicit video should be dismissed because no children were naked.  Prosecutors say a girl was seen undressing and wearing a shirt and underwear.

Judge Glen Davidson ruled that argument should be made at trial.

Judge Debra Brown made the same ruling in a separate case involving Luther Floyd of Prentiss County.

Floyd is accused of secretly recording a girl who was naked in a bathroom.  

He contends the video was not sexually explicit because the camera was focused on the bathroom instead of the naked areas of the girl.

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