Jasper man arrested for rape, child porn

From Staff Reports
Posted 9/29/17

A Jasper man was arrested Sunday night after a video of him raping a 5-year-old girl was posted on Kik, an instant messaging app popular among teens.

Bruce O’Neal, 37, is being held at Walker County Jail on no bond. He is …

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Jasper man arrested for rape, child porn

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A Jasper man was arrested Sunday night after a video of him raping a 5-year-old girl was posted on Kik, an instant messaging app popular among teens.

Bruce O’Neal, 37, is being held at Walker County Jail on no bond. He is charged with production, possession and dissemination of child pornography, first-degree rape of a child under 12 and first-degree sexual abuse of a child under 12.

Additional warrants for the same charges are being obtained today.

According to Walker County Sheriff Jim Underwood, on Sunday a citizen reported an active video on Kik showing the rape to the Mesa Police Department in Mesa, Ariz. Mesa police officers were also able to identify the location where the video was posted.

Sgt. Tim Thomas of the Walker County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) learned of the video Sunday from the commander of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC).

WCSO investigators and deputies, along with special agents from ICAC, executed a search warrant at 26719 Highway 69 in Jasper at 7:13 p.m. on Sunday and arrested O’Neal.

O’Neal was initially booked on charges of production and possession of child pornography. Additional warrants were obtained on Monday after an interview of the child was conducted at the Walker County Children’s Advocacy Center.

The child is now in a place of safety, Underwood confirmed.

Underwood thanked Mesa police for pursuing the lead and contacting ALEA, as well as ALEA for providing manpower and technical support. He also thanked the Walker County Department of Human Resources and the Walker County Children’s Advocacy Center.

“Every day that you can rescue a child from an abusive environment, it makes this job worth it,” Underwood said on Thursday.

Break-in reported at county airport

The Walker County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary that occurred at the Walker County Airport on Wednesday.

Two hangars were targeted in the break-in, which occurred around midnight, Walker County Sheriff Jim Underwood said on Thursday.

One airplane was damaged and property valued at more than $1,900 was stolen.

A $1,000 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest.

To report information related to the case, call Underwood at 302-6464.