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William Bynum | Source: Clinton PD

Bynum, 57, faces charges of procuring services of a prostitute, false statement of identity, and simple possession of marijuana.

Posted: Feb 10, 2020 11:00 AM
Updated: Feb 10, 2020 11:39 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - The president of Jackson State University was arrested for allegedly soliciting a prostitute, WLBT-TV reports.

He was arrested in Clinton during the weekend.

William Bynum, 57, faces charges of procuring services of a prostitute, false statement of identity, and simple possession of marijuana.

He was arrested as part of a sting of arrests handled by Clinton police detectives, the Jackson TV station reports.

Bynum has served as president since 2017. 

Bynum tendered his resignation as president of the university, the State College Board announced Monday morning, effective immediately. The Board of Trustees will meet soon to discuss interim leadership for the university.

Detectives made 17 arrests during the weekend on prostitution charges after making contact through the dark web.

Another arrest made was Shonda McCarthy, who is listed as a JSU professor.

The full list of arrests include:

Holly Ann Wheaton, age 35, of Springfield, Tennessee: Prostitution

Steve Hampton, age 57, of Jackson, Mississippi: Promoting Prostitution, Possession of Crack Cocaine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Anthony Bowman, age 48, of Vicksburg, Mississippi: Procuring Services of a Prostitute

William Bynum Jr., age 57, of Jackson, Mississippi: Procuring Services of a Prostitute, False Statement of Identity, and Simple Possession of Marijuana.

Fredrick Robinson, age 41, of Jackson, Mississippi: Promoting Prostitution

Sierra Case, age 23, of Jackson, Mississippi: Prostitution

Sheena Stanford, age 35, of Jackson, Mississippi: Promoting Prostitution

Taylor Ducre, age 30, of Angie, Louisiana: Prostitution and Possession of Cocaine

Eric Jackson, age 34, of Jackson, Mississippi: Promoting Prostitution

Naketa Williams, age 37, of Jackson, Mississippi: Prostitution

Shonda McCarthy, age 46, of Jackson, Mississippi: Procuring Services of a Prostitute and Possession of Marijuana while Operating a Motor Vehicle.

Rosella Brown, age 25, of Canton, Mississippi: Prostitution

Alexis Miller, age 23, of Memphis, Tennessee: Conspiracy to Promote Prostitution

Temeela Palmer, age 31, of Memphis, Tennessee: Prostitution and Conspiracy to Promote Prostitution

Joseph Jones, age 30, of Memphis, Tennessee: Conspiracy to Promote Prostitution

Jesus Porrata, age 31, of Memphis, Tennessee: Promoting Prostitution

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