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Shoals man faces more child porn possession charges


A man already charged with 150 counts of possession of child pornography now faces 10,000 more counts. David Erick Gray, 31, was also charged with five counts of first degree sexual abuse involving adults.

Gray was originally arrested and charged in September after someone reported finding illicit images on his computer. Police said the new charges are a result of further investigation of his computers.

Gray was arrested by Florence police and charged on Wednesday. Officers said he was taken into custody without incident. Gray is currently being held in the Lauderdale County Detention Center on a bond of $225,000, reduced from an earlier figure of $50 million..

Police said they are thankful someone tipped them off. They said Gray's crimes could have escalated beyond imagery.

"Sooner or later, pictures aren't going to do it for them anymore and they are going to look for a child so they can molest the child," said Keith Johnson with Florence Police.

Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly said Gray will be held accountable for his actions. He said that if the case goes to trial, jury members will have to sit through and look at photos in evidence while listening to testimony of what happened.

"We don't think they are local children, but they are children. In addition to the high number of child pornography photographs that they've uncovered, he also has a local adult victim who has now been discovered as a victim of sexual abuse."

Anyone who believes they or someone they know may have been victimized by Gray is urged to call 256-760-6562.

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