William Bynum Jr. resigned as the 11th president of Jackson State University after a weekend arrest on charges related to a prostitution sting in Clinton.
Bynum was arrested late Saturday night during an undercover operation by Clinton police at the Fairfield Inn and Suites.
“It’s my understanding that he was arrested. He was booked into the Clinton Police Department and bonded out shortly thereafter,” Chief Ford Hayman said.
Bynum was charged with procuring the services of a prostitute, simple possession of marijuana and providing a false statement of identity.
Another JSU employee, Shonda McCarthy, director of the university’s art galleries, was also charged with procuring services of a prostitute, along with possession of marijuana while operating a motor vehicle.
The arrests stunned JSU’s Student Government President Jordan Jefferson.
“Students are very upset about the situation,” Jefferson said. “We love Dr. Bynum. He was a great personable person. Very outgoing and was a great person overall, so everybody’s sad about the situation.”
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SOURCE: ABC WAPT 16, Troy Johnson