Former Alabama Department of Corrections Lieutenant Pleads Guilty to Federal Civil Rights and Obstruction Offenses for Assaulting a Restrained Inmate and Lying to Cover It Up
HUNTSVILLE – A federal judge today sentenced a Madison County man to 140 years in prison on multiple charges of producing child pornography, some of it taken with cameras he hid in the bathrooms of three Huntsville-area businesses, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Raymond R. Parmer Jr., Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Sec. Spencer Collier and Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin.
U.S. District Judge Madeline H. Haikala sentenced JEREMY JOSEPH NELSON, 42, for producing child pornography between 2012 and 2014, possessing child pornography depicting children under age 12, and distributing child pornography. Nelson pleaded guilty to the charges in February.
A sentencing document filed by the government on Monday said Nelson possessed more than 1 million images of child pornography and traded thousands of those images with other sex offenders. The document also said that Nelson has exploited hundreds of children in Alabama, and that he "produced his own images of child pornography depicting children in Alabama for his own sexual gratification and for trading."
"This defendant called himself a monster and should spend the rest of his life in prison," the government document said.
In Nelson's guilty plea, he acknowledged that for several years he used hidden cameras surreptitiously to record underage girls in the bathroom of his residence. He also acknowledged that, while working as a janitor, he had hidden cameras in the employee bathroom of a Huntsville television news studio, in the customer bathroom of a Cadillac dealership, and in the bathroom and changing rooms of a dance studio.
Nelson pleaded guilty to four counts of using or causing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct so he could record the conduct. One of those counts stated that the crime took place at a Huntsville dance studio. Nelson also pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on computer, computer disk or videotape, and to distributing the pornography over the Internet.
The Department of Homeland Security and the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jacquelyn Hutzell and Daniel Fortune are prosecuting.