According to a joint release from the Mississippi Highway Patrol and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, special agents working in conjunction with the Madison Police Department arrested the executive director of the Mississippi Fair Commission and charged him with promoting prostitution.

Steve L. Hutton, 54, was booked into the Madison County Detention Center on Wednesday afternoon and remains in custody awaiting his initial appearance.

The Fair Commission issued the following statement:

“Today, the Mississippi Fair Commission voted to terminate the employment of executive director Steve Hutton. The Fair Commission has an experienced staff in place to continue operations at the Fairgrounds. The construction of the new Trade Mart and the installation of new Coliseum seats both continue, as does the partnership with UMMC and the Mississippi Department of Health to provide a convenient and safe location for a COVID-19 testing facility.”

Hutton had served the Commission as executive director since 2018.

No other details on the investigation that led to this arrest were provided by law enforcement at this time.