Colbert County man pleads guilty to child porn charge

Charles Mark McCormack was accused of videotaping a child in the late 1990s.

Posted: Nov 28, 2017 7:20 AM

A Colbert County man pleaded guilty Monday to producing child pornography at his home between 1997 and 1998, federal prosecutors said.

Charles Mark McCormack, 54, of Muscle Shoals, will be sentenced April 3 on one count of producing child pornography.

McCormack, who prosecutors said had been employed as a kindergarten teacher in Georgia, admitted videotaping the child urinating in a bathroom in his home. At the time, the child was 5 or 6 years old, prosecutors said.

According to a federal affidavit from a Department of Homeland Security agent, authorities discovered the tape in September 2016. An ex-girlfriend of McCormack told a federal investigator that it fell out of McCormack's briefcase while they were at a hotel in Memphis in 1998. McCormack acted "very weird" about the tape, according to the indictment, so the woman said she took it and watched it.

The woman said she recognized McCormack's bathroom in the video and contacted Muscle Shoals police, but was told she would have to file a formal complaint at the police station. The woman, who lived in Arkansas at the time, said she ultimately stored the tape. Muscle Shoals police said they had no record of her contacting them, according to the document.

Investigators said they identified the girl from the video in 2016 and she confirmed to them that an image from the video was her.

When authorities searched his home in May 2016, they said they found pictures of young girls and a suitcase that contained young girls' panties.

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