UPDATE: Lauderdale County Couple Indicted on Child Porn Charges
LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Lauderdale County grand jury indicted a couple on child porn charges earlier this month.
Matthew and Patricia Ayers face charges of First Degree Rape, First Degree Sodomy, Sexual Abuse of a Child Under the Age of 12, Production of Obscene Matter, Dissemination of Obscene Matter, and Sodomy.
The 41 count indictment was handed down on November 14. Lauderdale County Sheriff’s deputies arrested the couple in January. They are scheduled to be arraigned on November 26.
Sheriff’s department investigators say it`s one of the most disturbing cases involving child pornography they have ever worked.
As the investigation against Matthew and Patricia Ayers continues to unfold, investigators believe even more child pornography pictures will be found.
On Friday afternoon Matthew and Patricia Ayers were escorted into Lauderdale County District Court for their initial appearances before Judge Carole Medley.
Both were advised by Judge Medley of the charges they face, and the couple both asked for attorneys to be appointed to represent them.
One week ago, Patricia Ayers was arrested for possessing and producing child pornography.
Thursday, her husband Matthew was arrested on charges of rape, sodomy, sexual abuse and other child pornography charges.
Patricia Ayers is now facing those same rape and sodomy charges.
Deputies served a search warrant at the Ayers’ mobile home in Lauderdale County in early January.
According to investigators, they were led there by someone who said they found obscene photos.
Deputies say numerous electronic devices and hard drives were taken into evidence for forensic testing.
“The first set of photos that we charged Mrs. Ayers with, we discovered that she was six years old at the time those photos were taken,” explained Investigator Richard Richey. “The new evidence that we found, we`re unsure of the age right now.”
Investigator Richey says the first photos showed the young girl in explicit poses.
On Thursday, Richey says the photos found by forensics experts were beyond their comprehension, “They were performing sexual acts on her, and her on them.”
Investigator Richey identified Matthew Ayers and his wife Patricia as the people in the latest photos, along with the young victim.
As the investigation continues, Richey believes more photos will be uncovered, “It`s very disturbing just to think that something like that could happen to child here in our area.”
Investigator Richey says the young victim has yet to open up to them about what has happened.
Matthew and Patricia Ayers remain at the Lauderdale County Detention Center.
Both have a one-million dollar bail, and investigators say more charges could be filed against them.