Seven Indicted for Role in Prison-Based Phone Scam and Paying Bribes to Corrections Officers at the William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility
BIRMINGHAM – A federal judge yesterday sentenced a Center Point man to 50 years in prison for producing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp, Jr.
U.S. District Judge Annemarie Axon sentenced DENNIS JAMES HUDSON JR., 28, also known as D.J. Zygi Hudson, Zygi Hudson, Tyler Johnson and Brandon McDaniels, on 5 counts of producing child pornography and one count of distributing child pornography. Hudson pled guilty in January 2019, for persuading persons under the age of 18 to engage in sexually explicit conduct and transmit images of that conduct over the internet, and to distributing child pornography using the internet and a file-sharing website.
“A long prison sentence is well-deserved for this defendant,” Town said. “We commend the FBI and ALEA for their work to diligently monitor the internet using every available resource to catch yet another child predator. He will now spend the next 50 years gazing at prison bars instead of a computer screen.”
“Hudson deserves every day of this sentence, as he used the internet for his own perverse behavior,” Sharp said. “Let this be a reminder to all parents to monitor your children's internet use. Know who they are communicating with and promptly report anything suspicious.”
FBI investigated the case, along with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Manu Balachandran and Leann White.