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Alleged snake seller charged with child porn

By Bayne Hughes
hughes@decaturdaily.com 340-2432

ATHENS — Limestone County sheriff's investigators didn't have far to go to arrest a man Wednesday for having a photo of a nude child on his computer. He was already outside a county courtroom facing charges of selling snakes illegally.

In May, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources arrested Bradley Hudson, 48, of 20450 Lasso Circle in Toney on charges of buying and selling snakes not indigenous to the area. Lt. Brad Curnutt of the Sheriff's Department said conservation officers confiscated his computer during the raid.

Girl's photo

"When they found the photo of a 7-year-old girl on the computer, they turned it over to the Sheriff's Department," Curnutt said.

Curnutt said Hudson admitted during an interview after his arrest that he took the photo. Curnutt and investigators Brian Ruble and Josh McGlaughlin then went to Hudson's residence in Limestone County near Alabama 251. They seized computer disks during a lunchtime raid.

"So far, we've only found that one photo," Curnutt said. "But we're having the computer analyzed, and we haven't had a chance to look through the disks."

Curnutt charged Hudson with production of obscene material with visuals of a person under 17-years-old. Bond has not been set in the case.

The judge continued Hudson's Wednesday morning hearing on the seven charges of buying and selling illegal snakes. He was one of two men arrested May 9.

The conservation agency's regulations make it illegal to sell, offer for sale or possess venomous reptiles without a permit. He also faces possible federal charges for allegedly trading the snakes in interstate commerce.

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