Courts & Crime

Feds confiscate guns, computer - but not snakes - from child pornographer

GULFPORT — A felon who enticed a girl to pose for pornographic pictures with venomous snakes must give the government his rifles, computers and cell phone, but the government doesn’t want his 41 snakes.

U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden signed an order Wednesday to exclude the snakes from the list of items John Joseph Maillet must give up as part of a plea agreement.

Maillet, 47, of Pearl River County, is held for sentencing on guilty pleas to production of child pornography and possession of firearms after a felony conviction.

He will be sentenced Dec. 8.

Before then, the government must have paperwork finalized on items Maillet must forfeit, and that includes online notices of its intent to dispose of the property in any way the U.S. attorney general chooses.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Gilbert filed a request to exclude the snakes.

The judge’s order dismissed the snakes without prejudice.

Court records don’t specify the types of snakes or what will become of them.

Maillet’s attorney, Steven Dick, could not be reached for comment.

Maillet faces 15 years to 30 years for producing child pornography and up to 10 years for having weapons after a previous felony conviction.

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