Germaine Moore

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Police Warn of Child Porn Circulating Through Facebook Messenger

February 08, 2018 - 12:42 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The suspect has turned himself in and been charged, but the graphic video that got him arrested is still circulating on Facebook -- and it could mean trouble unsuspecting recipients.

A video containing child pornography has been shared thousands of times via Facebook Messenger over the past few days in the public's attempt to identify the victims and male suspect.

Germaine Moore, 44, turned himself into police in Alamaba early Tuesday morning. He is from Detroit, and the Wayne County, Mich., prosecutor brought eight charges against Moore, alleging the assault occurred against his nieces, who are now age 9 to 12 years old, during a six-year span ending in 2017, according to the Washington Post.

Local officials and police across the nation are warning against people sharing the video, or risk being charged, the AP reports.

Watching or sharing the video could lead to serious consequences, like distribution of child pornography.

Those who get the video should report it to law enforcement and Facebook.

Facebook is investigating the incident.

“Sharing any kind of child exploitative imagery using Facebook or Messenger is not acceptable — even to express outrage. We are and will continue to be aggressive in preventing and removing such content from our community,” Facebook spokeswoman Ruchika Budhraja is reported saying in a statement.