Saturday 4 April, 2020

Explicit video involving minor did not originate in T&T

Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) has confirmed through collaboration with United States law enforcement that a graphic video which has been circulating on social media; depicting a female child being sexually assaulted by an adult male, did not originate in Trinidad and Tobago.

In a statement, the TTPS says it was notified by US counterparts that a 44-year-old man wanted in connection with a ‘child porn video being shared around the world’ had been arrested.

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Germaine Moore turned himself over to Millbrook Police Department, Alabama, at 2:30 am (CST) on Tuesday 6 February, 2018.

The man was charged with sexual assault of a child, distribution of video depicting the assault and first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Another man, identified as Jerrell Washington, 42, was charged with distributing the video.

In a public statement, Montgomery Police Department in Alabama, which charged Washington, warned that ‘anyone who shares the video, even in outrage’, can also face charges.

On February 1, 2018, the TTPS issued a statement in which it ‘strongly cautioned’ members of the public to desist from putting into circulation or causing to be circulated, graphic images or pornographic material, involving children, whether on social media or via the traditional electronic and print media or in any other form whatsoever.

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There was outrage in Barbados as persons initially thought the video had originated in Barbados. Following its circulation via WhatsApp, persons were sharing videos saying that the men had killed himself originally and then in the days following there were fake reports that he had been shot dead.

In Barbados, the Royal Barbados Police Force constantly begs persons to refrain from sharing any material with content that could cause another person stress, anxiety, shame or hurt them in any way as part of the Computer Misuse Act.

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