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ALEA child porn sting operation results in five arrests

Two arrests came in Jefferson County where Marc Sussman of Mountain Brook (left) and Corey Melton of Hueytown (right) were taken into custody.

A three-day state operation led to five arrests for possession, production and dissemination of child pornography.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s special victim’s unit worked with local and federal agencies to carry out Operation Standing Guard in Jefferson and St. Clair counties.

The operation turned up at least four young victims who ranged in age from three to fifteen.

Authorities caught up with three suspects in St. Clair County. Thomas Duke, 31, and Brian Rooks, 34, of Odenville and Delbert Sargeant, 56, of Springville, are all charged with Possession of Child Pornography.

Duke has been charged with four counts of possession of child pornography and is being held on a $400,000 bond. Rooks has been charged with five counts of possession of child pornography and his bond has been set at $500,000. Sargeant has been charged with four counts of possession of child pornography and is being held on a $400,000 bond.

The other two arrests came in Jefferson County where Corey Melton, 37, of Hueytown and Marc Sussman, 61, of Mountain Brook were taken into custody. Melton has been charged with five counts of child pornography possession, two counts of child pornography dissemination, and one count of an ex-felon with a firearm in possession. Five guns were recovered, and Melton's bond has been set at $125,000.

Sussman is a top official at Cooper Green Mercy Hospital and has been charged with six counts of possession of child pornography. Sussman's bond is set at $90,000.

The investigation took place over three days from May 16 to May 18.

Agencies that participated in Operation Standing Guard include: ALEA (SBI's Special Victims Unit, including Internet Crimes Against Children, Major Crimes and Tactical Team; University of Alabama Lab/Joint Electronic Crimes Task Force, Etowah County Sheriff's Office, Homeland Security Investigations, Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Walker County Sheriff's Office, USSS.

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