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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Center Point Man Indicted for Producing, Distributing Child Pornography

BIRMINGHAM – A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted a Center Point man on multiple counts of producing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Jay Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr.

An 11-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges DENNIS JAMES HUDSON JR., 28, also known as D.J. Zygi Hudson, Zygi Hudson, Tyler Johnson and Brandon McDaniels, with 10 counts of persuading a person under the age of 18 to engage in sexually explicit conduct to produce an image of that conduct and transmit it over the internet. Hudson is charged with inducing 10 different children to perform such acts between August 2016 and August 2017, according to the indictment. Hudson also faces one count of distributing child pornography between January 2015 and January 2016 using the internet and a file-sharing website.

“The internet and social media makes it easy for disgusting, sexual predators to find and exploit our children,” Town said. “Our law enforcement will continue to vigilantly monitor the internet using every method available to us in order to uncover signs of child exploitation and abuse so that the predators can be arrested by federal law enforcement, indicted by a federal grand jury, prosecuted in a federal court, and, once convicted, sentenced to time in a federal prison,” he said. “Our law enforcement cannot do it all, so it is incumbent upon parents to protect their children by responsibly monitoring their children’s activity on the internet, where there is little left to the imagination.”

The penalty for producing child pornography is 15 to 30 years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine. The penalty for distributing child pornography is five to 20 years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine.

The FBI investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorneys Manu K. Balachandran and Leann White are prosecuting.

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Updated September 27, 2018