Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Details from Alabama officials in child sexual assault viral video arrest

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Sherri Watson | 08 February, 2018, 06:14

An Alabama man has turned himself in to the police after being identified as a suspect in a viral child pornography video that was shared on Facebook Messenger last week. They issued a stern warning that not only is the child sex assault a crime, but so is sharing the video.

After a search of Moore's Alabama home Monday night, his wife refused to cooperate with police, leading to her arrest, AL.com reports.

Moore faces 11 felony charges, including the sexual assault of a child, with additional pending charges.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office says the assaults happened while Moore was babysitting the kids while their mother was at work. More charges against Moore are expected, said Tony Garrett, executive director of Crime Stoppers.

Several states have informed U.S. federal authorities that a video showing an adult male sexually abusing a young child was being shared through Facebook's Messenger feed.

News outlets report that the victim has been located and is safe.

Authorities served a search warrant at Germaine Moore's house in Millbrook AL Monday afternoon
Authorities served a search warrant at Germaine Moore's house in Millbrook AL Monday afternoon

Montgomery police charged 42-year-old Jerrell Washington with distributing the video, and warn that anyone who shares the video - even in outrage - can be charged as well. "It is alleged the defendant sexually assaulted the children at his mother's home in Detroit and at his home in Alabama". "The more you share it, the more you are getting that child out there", Jones said.

According to a release from Central Alabama CrimeStoppers Moore surrendered at about 2.30am after warrants were issued.

The 44-year-old was also charged with sexually assaulting four girls all under the age of 13 from 2011 and 2017, in Alabama and Detroit.

According to Lt. Brooke Walker "Facebook is aware of the video and Is actively working to remove that video".

Local, regional and global police have advised their citizens that sharing the video, no mater the noblest of intentions is a criminal offence. Regardless of intention, sharing such imagery is harmful and illegal. Task Force investigators focus on identifying those involved in child pornography via the Internet and other related crimes that victimize children. People can call their local law enforcement office to notify about the situation but not forward the content to the department's Facebook page.