Police Arrest Man Wanted For Detroit Sex Assaults, Widely-Shared Child Porn
- Author: Delia Davidson Feb 08, 2018,
Feb 08, 2018, 6:12
A man wanted in connection to a child pornography video still widely circulating on Facebook has now been charged with sexual abuse of three children, ages nine, 10 and 12. Police also say his fiancé has been charged with interfering with prosecution.
Moore faces multiple pending charges in Alabama, as well as active warrants in Detroit, Michigan.
"The children were in the care and custody of the defendant, their paternal uncle, while their mother worked", Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Maria Miller said.
Authorities launched an investigation to uncover the origin of the video and how it came to be shared. In Michigan, Moore is charged with four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of child sexually abusive activity, one count of using a computer to commit a crime and one count of distributing sexually explicit material of children.
Investigators in Alabama say the girl in the viral video has been located and is safe. MI prosecutors say the assaults occurred in Detroit, and at Moore's home in Alabama.
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"If you receive this video through social media, report it to the social media platform and delete it immediately, " Garrett said.
Neighbors told FOX 5 News Moore and several others, including young children, have lived at the home for a year, but were rarely outside. The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force assisted with the arrest. Authorities say he was not involved in the creation of the video, but that he shared it. Jerrell Washington is facing charges of possession and dissemination of child pornography. "Sharing the image is considered distribution and you could be criminally charged for doing so", the post said.
Washington is being held at the Montgomery County Detention Facility under a $100,000 bond. On Friday, we are told a police report was made in Detroit by the victims' family with those allegations. Regardless of intention, sharing such imagery is harmful and illegal.
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. "Notify the authorities ... so that we can quickly take action".