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Suspect in viral Alabama child porn video in custody, wife arrested for choosing him over her kids…

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Suspect in viral Alabama child porn video in custody, wife arrested for choosing him over her kids…

MILLBROOK, ALABAMA – This week you may have seen a few posts from your friends, instructing people to avoid sharing the viral video of a little 6-year-old girl being forced to give an adult male felatio.

Many shared the video without understanding they were illegally participating in the dissemination of child porn.

Thankfully the man in the viral video is now in police custody, along with his wife.

On Monday, the Alabama Internet Crime Against Children Task Force and Central Alabama Crime Stoppers announced warrants against 44-year-old Germaine Moore. Moore, who lives in the Millbrook area, turned himself into Millbrook police about 2:30 a.m. ICAC Lt. Brooke Walker said the media blitz Monday night led to his surrender.

“We’re definitely glad he’s in custody,” Walker told AL.com Tuesday. “I”ve been doing this for 12 years, and he’s the top.”

The 6-year-old girl in the video was located and is safe.

Germaine Moore

Germaine Moore

Moore is charged with sexual assault of a child, distribution of video depicting the assault and first-degree criminal sexual conduct. More charges are expected to be filed against Moore.

His fiancee, Tonya Hardy, was arrested Monday night after she failed to cooperate with investigators following a search of Moore’s Millbrook home.

During a search of their home, law enforcement seized multiple devices they are now examining for evidence.

“After multiple attempts to locate Moore, Moore’s wife, Tonya Hardy Moore, arrived at the residence and chose not be cooperative in the search for Moore,” commented Lt. Walker.

“Basically she chose him over her children,” Walker said.

Tonya Hardy will be charged with hindering prosecution. Though she goes by the last name of Moore, her social media indicates they planned to be married later this year.

Tonya Moore

Over the past 24 hours, multiple police agencies have been contacted about the video, said Tony Garrett, executive director of Central Alabama Crime Stoppers. Authorities are pleading with people to stop sharing the video, and to delete it.

Moore was wanted on 11 felony charges including . He committed the crimes in both Alabama and also at his mother’s home in Detroit, Garrett said.

In Detroit, Moore is charged with first degree criminal sexual conduct and sexual abusive activity.  He’s accused of sexually abusing three girls under the age of 13.

Germaine Tanya Hardy Moore

The Wayne County, Michigan prosecutor’s office said Moore sexually assaulted the three young family members over a six-year period from 2011 to 2017.

They say some of the assaults happened while Moore was babysitting his sister’s kids in Detroit, while their mother was at work.

The assaults allegedly occurred against his nieces, who are now age 9-to-12 years old.  He could be sent to prison for decades if convicted.

Tonya Moore

Tanya & Germaine wedding, with no wedding cake???

“The children were in the care and custody of the defendant, their paternal uncle, while their mother worked,” said Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Maria Miller. “It is alleged the defendant sexually assaulted the children at this mother’s home in Detroit and at his home in Alabama.”

In Detroit, Moore is charged with four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of child sexually abusive activity, one of using a computer to commit a crime and one count of distributing sexually explicit, visual or verbal matter of a child.

Moore is in the process of being extradited to Detroit.

Germaine Tanya Hardy Moore

Alabama law enforcement officers last week announced the investigation. Walker said as soon as the video started circulating on social media, they began working around the clock to identify and find the suspect. “It’s been a team effort,” she said.

Investigators were able to first identify the little girl after she was recognized from the viral video and then interviewed her. Her statement, along with other evidence collected in the investigation, led to them being able to secure the warrants against Moore.

She said while the girl is safe, she can’t say she is “OK.”She’s got a long road ahead of her,” Walker said. “This poor little girl is going to be victimized by this the rest of her life.”

Moore and Hardy are being held in the Elmore County Jail.

Earlier Monday, Montgomery police announced the arrest of Jerrell Washington, 42, on one count of possession and dissemination of child pornography.

Jerrell Washington

He was not involved in making the video, however posted it to his Facebook page. Washington was taken into custody late Monday afternoon by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force. He was transported to the Montgomery County Detention Facility, where he was being held on a $100,000 bond.

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

“We do not allow the sharing of child exploitative images on Facebook or Messenger — even to express outrage. Regardless of intention, sharing such imagery is harmful and illegal,” Facebook said in response to the video.

More arrests also are expected for distribution of the video.

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