Alabama man accused of creating viral child porn video has Detroit ties

Germaine Moore and Tonya Moore

Germaine Moore and Tonya Moore

The Alabama man who created child pornography and posted it to social media is now identified and in custody this morning.

The Wayne County prosecutor's office said Tuesday that 44-year-old Germaine Moore is expected to be extradited to MI on criminal sexual conduct and other charges.

A woman, Tonya Moore, was taken into custody Monday night in connection with the investigation.

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.

The video was shared many times on Facebook across the United States and Europe.

Alabama investigators identified the victim - and later Moore - after someone recognized her in the video, AL.com reported.

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. MI prosecutors say the assaults occurred in Detroit, and at Moore's home in Alabama.

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

Washington is being held at the Montgomery County Detention Facility under a $100,000 bond. "The more you share it, the more you are getting that child out there", Jones said. Houston said the process is already underway to have Moore extradited to Detroit, but it's unclear where Moore will ultimately face trial.

According to court records made public Tuesday, Washington on January 31 had a copy of the video on Facebook page and disseminated it through Facebook.

Local, regional and worldwide 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", said the company's spokesperson.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office in Florida also took to Facebook with a similar message after being flooded with people sharing the video with them in an attempt to help. "When we become aware of such images, we remove them and notify the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children".

Central Alabama CrimeStoppers allows people to anonymously submit tips to crimes they may have witnessed.

Multiple state agencies, including the Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, are involved in the ongoing investigation.

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