Chilton County Man Held on Child Porn Charges - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Chilton County Man Held on Child Porn Charges

Montgomery, Ala.- A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Jerry Alan Penton of Clanton with distriburtion of child pornography to a minor in order to convince that minor to commit a sex act.

Penton is also charged with possession, distribution and reciept of child pornography.

The indictment was returned on August 15, 2007.

Penton was arrested on August 22 and was held pending the outcome of several hearings.

On Monday U.S. District Judge W. Keith Watkins ordered Penton held until his November 5 trial.

If convicted, Penton faces a minimum five year prison sentence with a maximum 20 years.

According to U.S. Attorney Leura G. Canary, this is the twenty-eighth child porn case pursued under Project Safe Childhood, a project launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.

This program is a nationwide initiative to combat the sexual explotation and abuse of children.

For more information on Project Safe Childhood click here.

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