Cops say child porn video not local

Laverne Mann
February 8, 2018

Germain Moore, 44, of Detroit, is in custody in Alabama after turning himself in, in connection to the video showing sexual abuse of a child.

Montgomery police say they arrested another man, Jerrell Washington, in connection with this case Monday night.

He has felony warrants in Detroit, Michigan on charges of sexual assault of a child, distribution of video depicting the assault and criminal sexual conduct first degree.

Both Moore and his fiance are in the Elmore County Jail. He has been charged with possession and dissemination of child pornography after sharing the video online. In Alabama, Crime Stoppers executive director Tony Garrett tells Al.com that more charges are expected om that state as well.

Several states have informed USA federal authorities that a video showing an adult male sexually abusing a young child was being shared through Facebook's Messenger feed. He added that Moore had occasionally visited the family in Detroit and that the girls had visited him in Alabama. He is being held on a $100,000 bond at the Montgomery County Detention Facility. "That's all you got to do". Houston said the process is already underway to have Moore extradited to Detroit, but it's unclear where Moore will ultimately face trial. In Detroit, according to FOX 2 News in Michigan, Moore is charged with sexually abusing three girls under the age of 13.

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Many users started sharing the video and encouraging others to do so with the intention to help identify people involved in exploiting the child. Walker said they don't yet know whether he will first face the charges in Alabama or be extradited to MI.

In a statement, Alabama Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Jarrett said Facebook is aware of the video "and is actively working with law enforcement".

"We do not allow the sharing of child exploitative images on Facebook or Messenger - even to express outrage. We urge people never to share such content and to report it to local authorities immediately".

Jurisdictions in a number of states are also investigating.

District Attorney Houston warned anyone who may have received the widely distributed video on social media to delete it because possessing it in itself is a crime.

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