By DON FLETCHER
News Staff Writer
An Atmore teen has been arrested and charged as an adult after he allegedly used his phone to videotape a nude child as the child walked in the front yard of his Brewton family home, then posted the video to Facebook.
The victim, who is autistic, is younger than age 10.
Jeremiah Terrell Clack, 17, was arrested by Brewton police and charged with one count each of production of child pornography and possession of obscene materials. The date of the arrest was not available, but police reports show the video was taken and posted to the social media site in April.
The pornography production charge is a Class A felony.
In Alabama a person of age 16 or 17 who commits certain crimes, including any Class A felony, is automatically considered an adult in the eyes of the criminal justice system.
Brewton Police Sgt. Steven Ferguson said the teen posted the video as a joke, not realizing what the ramifications of his actions would be.
“That’s exactly what happened,” Ferguson said. “He thought it was a joke and made a bad decision. But to the boy’s mother, it was no joking matter.”
An employee of the Escambia County Detention Center’s booking and release division said Tuesday morning (July 20) that Clack has been released on $150,000 bond.