Child Porn “Monster’ Faces Slew of Federal Charges, Including First Degree Rape

By - March 29, 2018
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Federal prosecutors based in Alabama have filed 11 child pornography production charges against Germaine Moore, the suspect in the middle of a multistate child sex abuse case that went viral in early 2018.

According to federal agents, evidence for the federal child pornography charges come from a search of the man’s Millbrook, Alabama home last month. There a memory card was found tucked between a cell phone and a cell phone case.

Moore is now facing nine counts of producing images of child porn, as well as two counts of producing video. He is also facing state charges in Michigan on similar grounds.

According to the first assistant US attorney on the case, the arrest of this ‘monster’ ended a reign of terror on three little girls. Another federal agent stated that the fact the suspect kept the memory card even knowing the authorities were looking for him is evidence of a man who is a violent sexual predator. He said it showed the man did not want to let go of something he thought of as a treasure or trophy.

Court documents stated the SD card contained at least 10 pictures and video of child sexual abuse that investigators determined were filmed at a Millbrook home. Another video of child sexual molestation and abuse was filmed in a vehicle outside that home.

Federal investigators have determined there were at least three girl victims, but there could be more because of Moore’s history. He already is facing a count of first degree rape, three counts of traveling to meet a minor for an illegal sex act, and one count of facilitating the travel of a minor for an illegal sex act.

The federal case against Moore began in February 2018 when a video showing sexual abuse of a young girl was circulated broadly on social media. The video went around the country and internationally. That continued even as federal authorities stated publicly that sharing child pornography, even in an effort to ID the suspect, is a federal crime.

The video was shared so quickly, CrimeStoppers reached out to federal law enforcement and asked if the media could do anything to stop the circulating of the video.

As the state of Alabama closed in, Moore also was a wanted man in Michigan. There it is alleged he abused three young family members from 2011 to 2017 in both Alabama and Detroit. The victims today are 9, 10, and 12.

If he is convicted on the federal child porn charges, Moore could get up to life in prison and a minimum sentence of 15 years.

Other Child Porn Sickos Make the News This Week

One would hope that the above child porn case would be the only one making national news this week. But that would be incorrect. Federal officials also charged two men in Cincinnati this week for child porn, with one of them allegedly having printed illegal images at a public library.

Jerry Wilkinson, 42, has pleaded guilty in US District Court for receiving and distributing child pornography through a file sharing system online. He acknowledged in the plea deal that he viewed, downloaded and traded child porn for more than 10 years. Federal officers say he had in his possession more than 500 videos and 8000 images of child porn. He allegedly printed some of the images at the public library from a thumb drive.

In another federal investigation in the same area, another man named Brandon Spicer pleaded guilty to receiving child porn. Federal documents stated the man was identified from an illegal website called Playpen.

Agents discovered at least 600 illegal images on his computer and cell phone showing children under 12 being sexually abused by men. Users of that site must take several steps to register and get illegal content. Some of the pictures and videos involve violence against children.

Still another federal child pornography case that made the news in Missouri this week involved Geno Hurtado, who has been prison for eight months after he was arrested on a federal felony charge for child porn possession last year. He made a court appearance and agreed to forego a probable cause hearing. Rather, he agreed to a punishment of two years in prison, but the details have not yet been finalized.

He is in jail at this time with bail at $45,000. The man has been ordered to go back to court when a date for trial by jury could be set if a plea deal is not set. The arrest came late last year when the Fairfield MO police received an alert that someone in the man’s townhome was downloading child porn. Police seized his cell phone and computer, and found a large amount of graphic images of children being sexually abused.