PETAL, Miss. – A former law enforcement officer has been charged with rape in south Mississippi.
47-year-old William Harold Brown was arrested Monday in Petal. He’s jailed and supposed to appear before a judge Wednesday. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.
Forrest County sheriff’s investigator John Tryner says Brown formerly was a Forrest County sheriff’s deputy and Petal police officer.
The sheriff’s office fired Brown in 2017, saying he sent sexually explicit images to a minor.
Purvis police charged Brown with one felony count of computer luring of a person under 18 for sexual purposes in April 2017. District Attorney Hal Kittrell said Tuesday his office did not find sufficient evidence to send that case to a grand jury.