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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Alabama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Birmingham Man Pleads Guilty to Charges Involving the Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A Birmingham man plead guilty this week to the charges of sex trafficking of a minor and production of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp, Jr.

Jeremy Lynn Alexander, 36, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre to one count of sex trafficking of a minor and one count of production of child pornography.  According to the plea agreement, on or about July 16, 2021, FBI Birmingham’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force received a priority lead regarding a 14-year-old female reported missing out of Madison, Wisconsin. FBI Birmingham and Homewood Police Special Investigations Unit launched an immediate investigation to find and recover the child.  They located her through an advertisement on a website known for commercial sex advertisements.  A task force officer responded to the number posted in the advertisement, the minor victim replied, and provided the address to meet.  Members of the task force responded to a local hotel and located the juvenile victim in the hotel room with Alexander.  Further investigation revealed child pornography involving Alexander and the juvenile victim located on Alexander’s cell phone.

FBI Birmingham's Child Exploitation Human Trafficking Task Force investigated the case, with the assistance of the Homewood Police Special Investigations Unit.  Assistant United States Attorneys Darius Greene and R. Leann White are prosecuting the case.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched by the Department of Justice in May 2006 to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.  Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, and to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

 

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Updated March 9, 2022