An Alabama man is in custody Tuesday as a suspect in a child pornography video that was shared worldwide on social media, authorities said.
Germaine Moore, 44, of Millbrook, Alabama, turned himself in to authorities outside of Montgomery early Tuesday, according to Lt. Brooke Walker, commander of the Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
The video depicts a sexual act between an adult male and a minor, whom authorities believe was 6 years old at the time. .
Many people shared the video on social media in an apparent attempt to locate the man seen in the video, leading authorities in several states to warn people they could face charges for sharing and possessing the video.
Charges are pending against Moore. He already faces criminal sexual conduct charges in Michigan involving three young relatives he allegedly sexually assaulted over the course of several years in Michigan and Alabama.
The young relatives, who are now ages 9, 10 and 12, were in Moore’s custody and care from 2011 until 2017 while their mother worked, the prosecutor’s office said. Alabama authorities are trying to determine when and where this new viral video was taken, and who first shared it to social media, as it is not a recent video.
Authorities identified Moore as a suspect and searched his Millbrook residence on Monday. Authorities found several electronic devices but couldn’t locate Moore.
Moore’s wife, Tonya Hardy Moore, who arrived at the house, refused to cooperate in the search for him. She was charged with hindering prosecution.
Moore was charged Monday with offenses including two counts of child sexually abusive activity and one count each of using a computer to commit a crime and distributing sexually explicit material of children.