Germaine Moore, Pedophile Charged in Viral Child Porn Video, Captured

Police in Alabama have Germaine Moore, the suspect in a child pornography video that went viral on social media, in custody. Moore will also be charged with crimes related to other minor victims.

Germaine Moore, 44, an Alabama man identified in a child pornography video that went viral, has been captured. Moore is expected to be extradited to Michigan. Prosecutors allege he sexually assaulted three girls over a six-year period, from 2011 to 2017, at his mother’s home in Detroit and his own home in Alabama.

On Monday, Alabama authorities announced that they had identified both Moore and the victim in the child pornography video that was being shared on social media around the world. The victim in the video was located. Moore on the other hand, was at large.

His fiancée, Tonya Hardy, was arrested for not cooperating with investigators after they searched his home. She will be charged with hindering prosecution.

Feeling the heat of the media blitz, Moore, who lives in the Millbrook area just outside of Montgomery, turned himself into local police at around 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Moore faces charges of sexual assault of a child, distribution of a video depicting the assault, and first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The investigation is ongoing, as authorities believe there may be other victims of Moore in Alabama. As a result, it is expected he will be hit with even more charges.

The video in question, which has been circulating on Facebook and other social media outlets around the world, shows a young girl performing oral sex on an adult male.

Montgomery police arrested another man in connection with the case, 42-year-old Jerrell Washington, on Monday night. He has been charged with possession and dissemination of child pornography.

While Washington did not help make the video, he did share it. And sharing the video, even in an effort to help track down the perpetrator, can lead to charges, as sharing the video is a felony.

Authorities at the Marietta Police Department warned that, “Sharing this image is considered distribution and you could be criminally charged for doing so. Some people think that sharing it with the ‘right person’ could help solve the crime. In this case, that is incorrect information, and we do not want to see an innocent person get in trouble.”

Alabama law enforcement opened their investigation into the video last week, as soon as it began circulating on social media. They identified the victim and interviewed her; details including her name, age, and any possible connection to Moore or Hardy are not being released. But, her statement, coupled with additional evidence collected by investigators, helped them secure warrants against Moore.

Lt. Brooke Walker with the Alabama Internet Crime Against Children Task Force said the girl is safe. However, she can’t truthfully 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.”


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