Alabama man charged with more than a dozen child sex charges, feds say

Published 2:40 pm Friday, May 24, 2024

An Alabama man was charged last week on more than a dozen child sex charges, U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and FBI Special Agent in Charge Carlton Peeples said.

A 13-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges David Edward Collier, 46, with four counts of sexual exploitation of children, eight counts of transportation of child pornography, and one count of possession of child pornography.

According to the indictment, between January 2017 and August 2022, Collier used, induced, or coerced minor children to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing any visual depiction of that conduct. Between October 2022 and September 2023, Collier transported the child pornography. Collier was also charged with possession of child pornography.

FBI North Alabama Violent Crime Task Force and Cybercrime Squad investigated the case along with the assistance of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, Moulton Police Department, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Huntsville Police Department, and Limestone County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney R. Leann White is prosecuting the case.

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