Madison County Man Pleads Guilty To Producing, Possessing And Distributing Child Pornography
HUNTSVILLE – A Madison County man pleaded guilty today in federal court to multiple charges of producing child pornography, some of it taken with cameras he had hidden 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.
JEREMY JOSEPH NELSON, 42, entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Madeline H. Haikala to the seven counts of an indictment filed against him in November. The indictment charged him with producing child pornography between 2012 and 2014, with possessing child pornography depicting children under age 12, and with distributing child pornography. His sentencing is scheduled June 9.
Nelson acknowledged in his guilty plea that, for several years, he used hidden cameras to surreptitiously 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.
Nelson's plea agreement with the government states that in exchange for his guilty plea to the indictment, the government agrees not to file additional charges for attempted production, receipt or possession of child pornography for images taken by Nelson at the dance studio before Oct. 7, 2014. Those images could have resulted in more than 130 additional criminal counts, according to the plea agreement.
The maximum penalty for producing child pornography is 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. It carries a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years in prison. The maximum penalty both for possessing and distributing child pornography is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, but the distribution charge carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence of five years.
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.