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Suspects In Child Porn Video In Police Custody

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Suspect Germaine Moore and Fiancée Tonya Hardy

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.

His fiancee, Tonya Hardy, was arrested Monday night after she failed to cooperate with investigators following a search of Moore’s Millbrook home. She will be charged with hindering prosecution. Though she goes by the last name of Moore, her social media indicates they planned to be married later this year.

“Basically she chose him over her children,” Walker said.

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.

The Wayne County, Michigan prosecutor’s office told said Moore sexually assaulted the three girls over a six-year period from 2011 to 2017.

“The children were in the care and custody of the defendant, their paternal uncle, while their mother worked,” said Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Maria Miller. “It is alleged the defendant sexually assaulted the children at this mother’s home in Detroit and at his home in Alabama.”

In Detroit, Moore is charged with four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of child sexually abusive activity, one of using a computer to commit a crime and one count of distributing sexually explicit, visual or verbal matter of a child.

Miller told AL.com they plan to extradite Moore to Detroit later Tuesday.

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.”

Moore and Hardy are being held in the Elmore County Jail. Walker said they don’t yet know whether he will first face the charges in Alabama or be extradited to Michigan.

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.

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