AL man now indicted on more than 6K child porn counts

AL man now indicted on more than 6K child porn counts

FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) - A Florence man who was facing more than 2,000 child pornography charges now has almost triple that amount.

In March 2017, Jeffery Dale Hunt, 48, was indicted on 1,996 counts of unlawful possession of child pornography and 295 counts of unlawful production of child pornography.

The indictment stemmed from an investigation after police said they got a "cyber-tip" in December 2016 involving the unlawful dissemination of child pornography. That tip led to a search warrant being issued and executed at Hunt's home. The items collected revealed evidence that Hunt was in possession of child porn as well as actively producing it in his home, according to police.

The Florence Police Department arrested Hunt again on Thursday. They said further investigation and a detailed inspection of the electronics discovered during the search warrant led to more grand jury indictments.

Hunt is now charged with a total of 4,378 counts of unlawful possession of child pornography and 2,169 counts of unlawful production of child pornography. This makes a total of 6,547 counts.

Hunt is currently in the Lauderdale County Detention Center with a cash-only bond of $10 million.

Along the cash bond, he is not allowed to be around children and cannot use the internet or any device that will allow him to contact or look at children.

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Police said Hunt was arrested without incident with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Warrant Task Force.

The Florence Police Department said the following in a news release:

This case is one of several high profile investigations conducted by Florence Police Department detectives over the last 18 months. Each case involved the exploitation and sexual abuse of children. It is clear that there are predators among us in this digital world that we live in. The Florence Police Department, through partnerships like ICAC and the Alabama Department of Revenue Digital Forensics group, continues to invest resources in seeking out, investigating, and arresting those who chose to prey on our children.

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