A Grand Bay man was arrested Tuesday and charged with sexually abusing a child and producing child pornography. The charges come more than two years after we're told the state received a tip that the abuse was happening.
Agents with the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation's Special Victims Unit arrested 41-year-old Bryan Matthew Thompson on Tuesday. He was booked into Mobile County Metro Jail on charges of rape, sodomy, sexual torture, three counts of production of child pornography, and another three counts of possession of child pornography.
According to Nicki Patterson with the Child Advocacy Center of Mobile, ALEA received a tip from Thompson's internet provider in November 2015 that child porn was being uploaded from his home in Grand Bay. But due to an apparent backup in the system, agents didn't get around to investigating the tip until recently. The tip, Patterson says, led to the physical abuse charges. Investigators say the victim was a girl, six years old at the time of the alleged abuse.
"Our state didn't find the funding to find out what was on this computer," Patterson said. "This was submitted in Montgomery, and it sat there...our forensic investigators, the people who go in and review the computers, that's a section of our government that's massively under funded."
ALEA searched Thompson's home on Tuesday and officers said they found images on his computer that were being uploaded to a child porn site. Patterson says some of the images appeared to have been taken from Thompson's living room.
Patterson, who is prosecuting this case, says she's frustrated because the state had evidence that they couldn't analyze back in 2015, and the delay left a child in danger.
"Our state didn't find the funding to find out what was on this computer...the state of Alabama seized evidence that, we couldn't analyze, and so a child was left in a very vulnerable position for two years and that just keeps me up at night."
Thompson is expected to have a court appearance this week.
ALEA will continue to investigate. FOX10 News will keep you updated on this case.
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