Suspect in viral Alabama child porn video arrested

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MILLBROOK, Ala. (AL.com) — The suspect in a viral video showing a young girl forced to perform oral sex on an adult man is now in police custody.

The Alabama Internet Crime Against Children Task Force and Central Alabama Crime Stoppers on Monday 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 little girl in the video, whose age is not being released, was located and is safe.

Moore is charged in Alabama with sexual assault of a child, distribution of video depicting the assault and first-degree criminal sexual conduct. More charges against Moore are expected, said Tony Garrett, executive director of Crime Stoppers.

Moore was wanted on 11 felony charges, not only in Alabama but also in Detroit, Garrett said. In Detroit, Moore is charged with sexually abusing three girls under the age of 13.

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."

She said the investigation is ongoing and they believe there may be other victims of Moore in Alabama. Additional charges are expected.

In addition to investigation the sexual abuse, authorities also over the past several days have repeatedly warned about distributing the video.Thousands of people forwarded the video in hopes of getting the suspect identified, but authorities pleaded with the public to stop, issuing a stern warning that not only is the child sex assault a crime, but so is sharing the video.

Over the weekend, social media giant Facebook warned its users about continuing to share the pornographic video.

"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," said the company's spokesperson. "When we become aware of such images, we remove them and notify the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. We urge people never to share such content and to report it to local authorities immediately."

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