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Police arrest pedophile creator of child porn video that went viral on Facebook

February 9, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Police arrest pedophile creator of child porn video that went viral on Facebook

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A man has been charged with the sexual abuse of three female minors in two states after a child porn video of one encounter went viral on social media.

On Tuesday, 44-year-old Germaine Moore, surrendered to authorities in Alabama after his mug shot and identity were all over news sites and police bulletins as a suspect in the distribution of the video that has reached as far as France. The video reportedly shows a child carrying out oral sex on Moore.

Law enforcement agencies across the U.S. have advised people not to share the explicit footage, a problem that has developed as sharing videos on social media have become easier and faster than ever before, often without considering the impact on victims and investigations or the legal consequences.

The public’s efforts to identify the suspect by sharing the child porn video impede efforts to track down real criminals, Tony Garrett, the executive director of the nonprofit Central Alabama CrimeStoppers, said in an interview with The Washington Post.

The victim can also be re-victimized as more individuals view the crime, Madison County Chief Trial Attorney Tim Gann said.

“You’re disseminating child porn, that’s a felony . . . it’s an awful thought that people can’t understand what’s wrong,” he stated. “To have it blasted over social media — it shocks the conscience, for me.”

Prosecutor Kym Worthy, of Wayne County, Michigan, brought eight charges against Moore, asserting that the assault took place against his nieces, who are now 9 and 12 years old, during a six-year period concluding in 2017. He is expected to be extradited. Moore has not yet been arraigned on the charges that include child sexual abuse and use of a computer to transmit porn involving children.

Prosecutors allege that Moore victimized his nieces while their mother was at work, and perpetrated the abuse at his mother’s home in Detroit and his residence in Alabama. Moore is facing 11 felony charges in both states, with potentially more forthcoming. His fiancee, Tonya Hardy, was taken into custody and will be charged with hindering prosecution.

“Sharing any child exploitative imagery using Facebook or Messenger is not acceptable — even to express outrage. We will continue to be aggressive in preventing and removing such content,” Facebook spokesperson Ruchika Budhraja said in a statement.

The company’s site states that it reports confirmed child sex abuse photos to the U.S. National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which works with police to track down offenders, and proactively detects and blocks content from being uploaded using a program called PhotoDNA.

After Facebook classified the video, it was uploaded to a PhotoDNA database of explicit images to prevent thousands of attempts to upload and share it, Budhraja added.

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