The president of Jackson State University in Florida has been forced to resign from his position following his arrest stemming from a prostitution sting in Clinton.
William Bynum Jr., 57, was arrested and charged with procuring the services of a prostitute, false statement of identity, and possession of marijuana.
Following the arrest and subsequent charges, Bynum resigned, according to the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning. The board said it would meet "soon" to discuss interim leadership at Jackson State.
Bynum was released from custody on Sunday after posting a $3,000 bond. McCarthy was also released the same day after posting a $2,000 bond, according to police records.
Shonda McCarthy, director of Jackson State Art Galleries, was also arrested and charged. McCarthy was charged with procuring services of a prostitute and possession of marijuana while operating a motor vehicle.
According to the Clarion-Ledger, Mark Jones, a spokesman for the city of Clinton, said that the two-day operation led to eight felony charges. Jones added that police made contact with the alleged offenders through online "dark web" sites, where services were discussed. A local chain hotel was the agreed meeting place.
"We've been trained on human trafficking. We have resources. We haven't uncovered any evidence of a human trafficking operation. It looks to be a prostitution operation," Clinton Police Chief Ford Hayman said.
Bynum, a husband and a father of six, was described as a God-loving, God-fearing man on the university's website. His biography has since been removed.