Police are asking for the public’s help finding the man they believe sexually assaulted a young child in a viral video that circulated on social media, a report said.
Germaine Moore, of Millbrook, is wanted on 11 counts related to a criminal sexual conduct investigation involving a person under 13. Investigators believe he’s a flight risk and must be brought into custody.
Moore, 44, is described as 6 feet tall and weighs 214 pounds. He has active warrants in Detroit, Michigan, with full extradition and multiple pending charges in Alabama.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Internet Crimes Unit served a search warrant on Magnolia Loop in Millbrook Monday afternoon, report said. Investigators combed through the house, waiting for hours for Moore to return. At 6 p.m., his wife was taken into custody and possible charges are pending. Investigators say she is not cooperating with police.
“Without her being cooperative and making sure Germaine was in custody safely and that all of Alabama’s children and children across the United States are safe, then we’re definitely going to sit down and talk wit her and find out why she has decided not to cooperate,” said Lt. Brooke Walker with the SBI Special Victims Unit.
Moore was last seen in Elmore County late Monday afternoon.
Investigators confirm the child in the video has been located, and is safe. There is no word at this time on when and where the video was taken.
If you have any information, please contact CrimeStoppers at 334-215-STOP.
Another man has been charged in connection with the distribution of a video on social media that shows the sexual assault of a child, Montgomery police said.
Jerrell Washington, 42, was charged with one count each of possession and dissemination of child pornography, a report said.
Washington was taken into custody Monday afternoon by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, a report said. He was taken to the Montgomery County Detention Facility, where he was being held under a $100,000 bond, a report said.
The sexual assault and the spread of the video on social media is being investigated.
Police said anyone who receives the video should report it to the social media platform and delete it immediately.
“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. 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,” a statement released by Facebook said.
A South Carolina sheriff is also warning about a graphic child pornography video, even by those who think they are trying to help get the perpetrator arrested.
The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office sent out a news release saying it has received report of the video being shared on Facebook that shows a very young child engaged in a sexual act with a man.
The release said: “This video surfaced and has gone viral in a short period of time. This video is typically shared through messenger and the reason listed is so that the perpetrator is caught. The problem with sharing this video is that every time this video is shared and viewed, the victim is exposed to more shame and victimization. You not only create a viral video but a viral victim.
“Additionally, while this is done in ‘an attempt to locate the perpetrator,’ you are still possessing and disseminating child pornography and it is illegal to possess and disseminate any images or videos that depict a juvenile child engaged in sexual activity.
“If you receive any image or video that you believe depicts child pornography, please report this immediately to the reporting mechanism of the social media site that you are using and then contact your local law enforcement agency.”
WSFA and WIS-TV contributed to this article.