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Alabama man hit with more than 6,500 child porn charges

Jeffery Dale Yacht will be faced with more than 6,500 child pornography charges.

(Florence Police Department)

An Alabama man is jailed for allegedly running a child pornography production operation in which at least ten children from the environment in which he lives, resulting in more than 6,500 charges, police say.

Jeffery Dale Chase, 50, of Cherokee, was indicted Friday on 6,547 counts of child abuse involving several children, and his bail is set at $10 million in cash.

“I don’t know that he’ll ever see the outside of a prison again, unless it is of a recreational yard or a hallway to the right,” Sgt. Greg Cobb, a spokesman for the Florence Police department, told the Associated Press.

Hunt was arrested this week during the free bond from a previous arrest on child pornography charges, Cobb added.

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

An indictment returned this week included 4,378 counts of possession of child pornography and 2,169 counts of producing child pornography, according to the Associated Press.

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. Under Alabama law, multiple felony charges can result from a single image if it is stored on more than one device.

A lawyer that Hunt did not immediately return an e-mail from the Associated Press 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.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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