Deadbeat dad with criminal history sentenced; owes $15k

Harry Mark Gonsoulin, Jr., (pictured) who has a criminal past on the coast, has been sentenced to three and a half years for failure to pay child support.

By Monica Land

JACKSON – A Biloxi man, with a history of arrests for child pornography and an illegal escort service, has been sentenced to three and a half years in jail for failing to pay child support. Fifty-year-old Harry Mark Gonsoulin, Jr., pleaded guilty to that charge before Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Robert B. Krebs.

Judge Krebs sentenced Gonsoulin to three and a half years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections – suspended – with post release supervision. The judge also ordered and the defendant paid $2,020 toward his back child support plus court costs.

“It is a shame we have to drag deadbeat parents into court and force them to do right by their own children,” said Attorney General Jim Hood. “This defendant will have prison time hanging over his head if he fails to pay up now.”

During the three and a half year sentence, Gonsoulin is to pay an additional $300 a month on top of his regular child support obligation until his arrearage of $15,000 is paid in full.

Gonsoulin, a convicted felon, also faces outstanding charges in Harrison County including child pornography, ordinance violations and an illegal escort service.

In 2009, Gonsoulin, who police believed was a pimp, was arrested three times in one week.

Biloxi police arrested Gonsoulin during a traffic stop for three outstanding warrants relating to the ongoing investigation of his alleged prostitution ring. He was also charged with possession of marijuana while operating a motor vehicle.

Investigators obtained a search warrant for his residence and reportedly found marijuana, drug paraphernalia, various paperwork and documents pertaining to the illegal escort operations, and computers and other hardware associated with the illegal escort operations.

Gonsoulin was also charged with possession of paraphernalia.

Those cases are still pending.

According to officials with MDOC, Gonsoulin has three prior convictions for possession of a controlled substance: One in 1987, 1989 and 1999, and he received a 10 year conviction in 2002 for two charges of possession of marijuana with intent.

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