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Alabama man faces 6,547 child pornography charges

FLORENCE, Ala. – An Alabama man indicted on more than 6,500 counts of child abuse involving multiple children is imprisoned with bail set at $10 million in cash, police said Friday.

Jeffery Dale Chase, 50, of Cherokee was arrested this week during the free bond from a previous arrest on child pornography charges, said Sgt. Greg Cobb, a spokesman for the Florence Police Department.

An indictment returned this week included 4,378 counts of possession of child pornography and 2,169 counts of producing child pornography.

The number of children involved in each case in the double digits, and all are from the area where the Hunting life, Cobb said.

The authorities are still investigating to determine how many total images are involved, since some may be duplicates, he said. Under Alabama law, multiple felony charges can result from a single image if it is stored on more than one device.

“The detective handling the case is that you are now, and unfortunately, look at every one of these images on each device,” Cobb said.

A lawyer that Hunt did not immediately return an e-mail seeking comment.

Hunting, whose jobs included working at a hardware store, was charged with having more than 2,200 images of child pornography last year. He was arrested again after the indictment this week, Cobb said.

Hunting would have to put money or property with a value of $10 million, to be released again, while awaiting his trial, Cobb said.

“I don’t know that he’ll ever see the outside of a prison again, unless it is of a recreational yard or going to court,” he said.

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