A Kentucky man was arrested this weekend and faces 60 years to life in prison after he allegedly produced child pornography in Tuscaloosa County several years ago.

The charges were announced in a Monday press release by U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and FBI Special Agent in Charge Carlton L. Peeples.

According to the federal investigator and prosecutor, 21-year-old Aden Willis Yeager was arrested Sunday after he was indicted on charges including the production, possession, and transportation of child pornography and coercion and enticement of a minor.

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Escalona and Peeples said the charges are related to events that occurred in Tuscaloosa County between April 2020 and October 2020, when Yeager would have been 18. They did not elaborate on the details of the allegations against him, except to say the case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a Department of Justice initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse. 

The FBI said the initiative, launched in 2006. combines federal, state, and local resources to make it easier to find, arrest and prosecute individuals who those who use the Internet to exploit children, and that collaboration was on display in this case - federal investigators said they were aided by the West Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force and the University of Alabama Police Department.

Summer is here, and children will have an increased online presence. I encourage parents to have open and ongoing conversations about safe and appropriate online behavior,” U.S. Attorney Escalona said. “My office, in collaboration with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners, will continue in our efforts to protect our most vulnerable victims – our children.”

Suspicions of child exploitation can be reported to the FBI's Birmingham office at 205-326-6166 or online at www.cybertipline.org.

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