Three men arrested in Alabama on child sex abuse, porn charges

Three men arrested in Alabama on child sex abuse, porn charges

May 16th, 2018 by Staff Report in Breaking News

James Perego

James Perego

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

James Britton Jr.

James Britton Jr.

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

James Hulgan

James Hulgan

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

Three Alabama men have been arrested this month on child abuse and child pornography charges, according to DeKalb County Sheriff's Office news releases.

During the week of May 7, DeKalb County, Ala., investigators began looking into a possible sexual abuse case involving children under the age of 12. 

During the course of the investigation, James Michael Perego, was arrested at his residence on County Road 723 in Henagar on May 11 and was charged with four counts of sexual abuse of a child under 12 and sodomy in the seconnd degree. Perego is being held in the DeKalb County Jail awaiting bond.

Another person of interest, James Lee Britton Jr., was arrested at his residence at Mississippi Street in Henagar. Britton was charged with three counts of sexual abuse of a child under 12 and resisting arrest. Britton is also being held in the DeKalb County Jail awaiting bond, according to a news release.

In another investigation, the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office was alerted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that James Hulgan, 43, of Valley Head, had been having inappropriate activity involving minors on a popular social media account called Kik Messenger. Kik is an instant messaging mobile app that can be used on both androids and iphones. On this app, you do not have to link your phone number or use your real name, according to a news release.

After an in-depth investigation by the FBI and the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, a search warrant was executed on May 14 at the residence of James Hulgan on County Road 751 in Valley Head. Hulgan was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of obscene matter containing visual depiction of a person under 17 years of age. Hulgan, a registered sex offender, is being held in the DeKalb County Jail awaiting bond.


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