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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Madison County Man For Producing And Possessing Child Pornography

BIRMINGHAM – A federal grand jury today indicted a Madison County man on multiple charges of producing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Raymond R. Parmer Jr. and Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin.
A six-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges JEREMY JOSEPH NELSON, 42, of Huntsville, with producing child pornography between 2012 and 2014, and with possessing child pornography depicting children under age 12.

The first four counts of the indictment charge that Nelson did "use, persuade, induce, entice and coerce a minor" to engage in sexually explicit conduct so he could produce a visual depiction of the conduct. Count 1 states the crime took place at a Huntsville dance studio. Counts 5 and 6 charge Nelson with possessing child pornography on computer, computer disk or videotape.

The Alabama State Bureau of Investigation arrested Nelson in October on state charges of producing child pornography by hiding cameras in the bathrooms of three Huntsville businesses.

The maximum penalty for producing child pornography is 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, per count. The maximum penalty for possessing child pornography is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The Department of Homeland Security and the Alabama SBI investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jacquelyn Hutzell and Daniel Fortune are prosecuting.

Members of the public are reminded that an indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.
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Updated March 19, 2015