ELMORE COUNTY, AL (WAFB) - Alabama officials provided details about a case receiving national attention after a Millbrook man wanted in connection with a viral video depicting the sexual assault of a young girl was taken into custody Tuesday.
Germaine Moore, 44, turned himself into Millbrook police at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, authorities say.
The district attorney confirmed Tuesday afternoon the victim is a 6-year-old girl. Investigators say the girl has been located and is safe. There is no word on when and where the video was taken.
The Wayne County, Michigan, Prosecutor's Office alleges Moore sexually assaulted three relatives. In Michigan, Moore is charged with four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of child sexually abusive activity, one count of using a computer to commit a crime and one count of distributing sexually explicit material of children.
Authorities in Alabama started investigating on Jan. 31 when multiple law enforcement agencies were alerted to a video showing the sexual assault of a child on social media, said Lt. Brooke Walker, commander of the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation Special Victims Unit.
Walker said it became apparent during the investigation that the video had a strong connection to the Montgomery area. She said leads started pouring in from across the world as the video spread on social media.
Investigators in Alabama say the girl in the viral video has been located and is safe. It's unclear when and where the video was taken, but Elmore County District Attorney Randall Houston said it's believed the girl in the video was 6 years old at the time the video was recorded.
Walker said some time has passed since the video was recorded, and investigators are working to determine a timeline in this case.
Germaine Moore and Tonya Moore were booked into the Elmore County Detention Facility.