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Guard at Birm. Museum Charged in Child Porn Case

By: AP
By: AP

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- A guard at the Birmingham Museum of Art has been accused of receiving child pornography at work.

Federal authorities charged Loyd Jeffrey Hitt with a child pornography offense this week. He was denied bond during a hearing Thursday.

His defense lawyers did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Al.com reports that Hitt has been placed on administrative leave without pay from his job at the museum. Museum officials said he did not have contact with children.

Investigators said in court documents that they focused on Hitt after learning he was on the customer database of an entity in another country that was distributing child pornography. Police said Hitt told investigators that he was involved with a church youth group. The name of the church was not released.


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