Two men, one from Tuscaloosa and another from Northport, were arrested Thursday and charged with multiple crimes each related to the possession of child pornography.

In a Thursday afternoon press release, Captain Phil Simpson, the commander of the West Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force, said agents have been conducting two unrelated investigations in cooperation with the University of Alabama's Joint Electronic Crimes Task Force and the federal Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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Their investigations yielded enough evidence to charge 67-year-old Eugene B. Thomas, a Northport man, with seven counts of possession of obscene matter containing visual depiction of persons under 17 involved in obscene acts. Thomas was also charged with three counts of dissemination of obscene matter containing visual depiction of persons under 17.

Thomas was placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail, where his bond was set at $195,000.

Tuscaloosa's Kelvin Deon Jones, 44, was also arrested and charged with five counts of possession of obscene matter containing visual depiction of persons younger than 17. His bond was set at $175,000.

Simpson said both investigations are ongoing, and further charges are possible against each defendant.

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