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Former Cooper Green administrator indicted on child porn charges

Marc Sussman Outside Cooper Green on 8-21-18.JPG

A Jefferson County grand jury indicted former Cooper Green administrator Marc Sussman on six counts of possession of child pornography.

Sussman retired from Cooper Green Mercy Health Services on August 31st during an ABC 33/40 News I-Team investigation.

That’s after we started asking questions about why he remained on the job for 15 months following his arrest.

The ABC 33/40 News I-Team captured video of Sussman standing outside Cooper Green last month.

Cooper Green is a taxpayer-funded health facility for Jefferson County residents who can’t afford to pay.

Sussman made about $92,500 a year handling special administrative projects at the health facility.

He was arrested in May of 2017, but returned to work at Cooper Green.

Lt. Brooke Walker, commander of the Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, told us during our investigation that her team received a lead from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

It involved the uploading of what she called “child exploitation material” through the social media site, Chatstep, that was “accessed through the internet at Sussman’s residence.”

Walker described the material as “the documented sexual assault on the child victims portrayed in the images.”

“I can confirm that Sussman’s possession of the illicit images was not an accident and was not a pop-up,” Walker said via email. “We are confident we have the right house and the right person.”

In our original report, Jefferson County CEO Tony Petelos wouldn’t address Sussman’s specific case—and why Sussman remained on the job for so long.

But, speaking in general terms, Petelos said allegations of crimes off the job are very different from allegations of crimes on the job.

Meantime, Sussman’s lawyer said his client should be presumed innocent.

“As with anyone charged with a criminal offense in this country, Marc Sussman is presumed innocent unless and until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty by a jury comprised of 12 citizens who hear evidence presented by the government," said Sussman's defense lawyer Tommy Spina in a statement. "My client is entitled to the same constitutional protections as you and I would be if we were charged with a crime, regardless of the nature of the charge. “

The head of Jefferson County’s retirement system wouldn’t comment about Sussman’s retirement pay.

So, we did our own calculations.

Best estimate: Sussman will make about $35,000 a year while he’s retired.


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