Northport Man Accused of Sharing Child Pornography on Messaging App
A Northport man was arrested this week and accused of sharing child pornography with another person using a mobile messaging app, according to court documents obtained by the Tuscaloosa Thread.
In a deposition filed Tuesday, police said they opened an investigation in January after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a cybertip from Kik, a Canadian company that operates a free instant messaging app by the same name.
The tip reported that a video depicting the sexual abuse of a prepubescent child had been uploaded on their app and sent from one user to another in a private chat.
A trace of the IP address associated with the Kik account reportedly showed the user was connecting from a home on Turtle Bay Circle off Northbrook Drive in Northport.
Further investigation allegedly revealed the email address used to sign up for the Kik account and the physical address were both tied to Bradley Edward Miller, a 24-year-old Northport man who attends school in South Carolina.
Court records indicate that Northport Police officers arrested Miller Monday and charged him with one count of disseminating material containing visual depictions of persons under 17 involved in obscene acts, which is a Class B felony in Alabama.
Miller was booked in the Tuscaloosa County Jail, where his bond was set at $30,000. He was not listed in a database of jail inmates Wednesday afternoon and may have been released on bail. His mugshot was not publicly available at the time of this report.
Stay connected to the Tuscaloosa Thread for updates on this case if and when they are made available.