(ALABAMA) WJRT- (02/02/18)- A disturbing video is making the rounds on social media.
In the video, a young girl appears to be giving oral sex to an adult male. According to AL.com, the video originated in Alabama, but is spreading across the country.
The AL.com article says, over the past 24 hours, multiple police agencies have been contacted about the video, said Tony Garrett, executive director of Central Alabama Crime Stoppers. The video has been sent to some media outlets and repeatedly shared on Facebook.
Police Lt. Howard Black told the Gazette the image originated out of Alabama but has been distributed nationally. The child is safe, and Alabama law enforcement have identified the man in the image. "We wanted to assure that if the image is popping up on people's feed, they know that law enforcement is handling the case," Black said.
The victim and the suspect have not been identified.
Law enforcement agencies throughout Alabama are conducting an ongoing criminal investigation surrounding the sexual assault, he said, as well as distribution of the video. They issued a stern warning that not only is the child sex assault a crime, but so is sharing the video.
"This video has been shared widely on social media. As this investigation proceeds, law enforcement issues a reminder to the public that possession, dissemination or sharing of this video is a criminal act punishable under the Code of Alabama, SS13A-12-191, Dissemination or public display of obscene matter containing visual depiction of persons under 17 years of age involved in obscene acts, a Class B felony; and SS13A-12-192(b), Possession and possession with intent to disseminate obscene matter containing visual depiction of persons under 17 years of age involved in obscene acts, a Class C felony." Garret said
Garrett said authorities are working to determine how and by whom the video was shared. "If you receive this video through social media, report it to the social media platform and delete it immediately,'' he said. "Do not share it, as criminal charges may result."
Anyone with information relevant to the investigation is asked to contact Central Alabama Crime Stoppers at 334-215-STOP, or the ALEA's Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force at 334-353-1224.