William Bynum Jr., president of Jackson State College, resigned Monday after he was arrested in central Mississippi over the weekend as a part of a prostitution sting.
The Clinton Police Division mentioned in a information launch that the two-day operation, which made contact with offenders by way of on-line “darkish internet” websites, resulted in a complete of 17 arrests. This included Bynum, 57, who’s accused of procuring companies of a prostitute, false assertion of identification and easy possession of marijuana.
Throughout a information convention Monday, Clinton Police Chief Ford Hayman mentioned that these arrested had been responding to a web-based advert for prostitution companies, and had been met by an undercover cop at a resort close to the Interstate 20, The Related Press reported.
Shonda McCarthy, an artwork gallery director at Jackson State College, was additionally amongst these arrested. She was charged with procuring companies of a prostitute and possession of marijuana whereas working a motorcar.
A press launch from the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Establishments of Larger Studying mentioned that Bynum had tendered his resignation Monday. They later indicated they might maintain an emergency assembly at midday to debate a “Jackson State College personnel matter,” and Thomas Hudson was subsequently named the appearing president of the college.
Bynum was appointed to his position at Jackson State College in Might 2017. Previous to that, he was president of Mississippi Valley State College for 4 years.
It was not instantly clear if Bynum or McCarthy are represented by an lawyer. A consultant from Jackson State College declined to supply extra remark.