HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The co-founder of a north Alabama nonprofit organization was arrested on child pornography charges around 6 o'clock on Wednesday morning.
The Madison County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Homeland Security arrested 56-year-old Terrence Michael Sweeney for possession of child pornography charges.
A search warrant was executed in the 11000 block of Irene Drive in Huntsville and yielded the seizure of multiple electronic devices.
Investigators said a preliminary examination of those electronic devices revealed the presence of multiple images of child pornography. Investigators said none of the images appear to be of local victims.
Sweeney was transported to Criminal Investigation Division where he was processed and then booked into the Madison County Jail. He bonded out at $180,000.
Sweeney and his wife are co-founders of the Breaking Boundaries Foundation. It's a nonprofit that helps those without, no matter the age, background or need.
Sweeney stands by his innocence.
"We haven't seen what their evidence is if there even is any evidence. So, I'm not going to say it wasn't on there. It's not like, ya know, I was having sex with children, we were having a sex ring or we were trading videos or that we had videos. It was supposedly like nine little pictures," Sweeney said.
"We love our community. We do stuff for our community. That's what our nonprofit does. We help children. We help people. That's the most bizarre thing, that someone can be accused of something when they help children," Sweeney added.
He's asking for his privacy during the investigation.
Sweeney said his wife will take over most of the duties of the Breaking Barriers Foundation, although, he will remain the chairman. They will continue to plan events scheduled for later this summer.
"I'm not going to blame the community if they step back from us, but we're asking them not to step too far back. It's emotional because it's been an emotional day to be charged with something like that, knowing you didn't do it," Sweeney said.
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