Man pleads guilty to possession of child pornography

Jeremiah Christian King

Jeremiah Christian King

A Blount County man was sentenced to more than eight years in prison after pleading guilty to possessing more than 130 images of children engaged in sexual acts.

The case dates back to 2013 when Jeremiah Christian King was arrested in a Florida hotel room where he was found to be playing video games while dressed like Harry Potter. He was taken into custody at the time by Alabama Bureau of Investigations (ABI) officers after he was found on a network often used by pedophiles to share images.

A search warrant at King’s home – listed as a Springville address – led to the discovery of at least 131 images on a computer.

The charges were later dismissed by a Blount County judge on a ruling that said the arresting officer’s arrest affidavit’s were insufficient.

After a Blount County grand jury issued indictments, King was arrested by the U.S. Marshal’s Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force in a Florida hotel room dressed like Harry Potter and playing video games.

King’s defense attorneys filed several appeals, mostly dealing with how the images were seized.

After pleading guilty earlier this week, King was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey praised the work of the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, the Fugitive Task Force and Assistant District Attorney Scott Gilliland for the amount of work put into the case.

“My office will continue to make prosecution of crimes against children our top priority. We will continue to educate parents about the social media applications predators use to prey upon children,’’ Casey said. “We will continue to make our resources available to all law enforcement agencies who investigate these crimes. And we will do everything within our power bring those who perpetrate crimes against children to justice.”