HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The Madison County Sheriff's Office says new charges have been filed against an Ardmore man arrested in October. Investigators say Jody Wade Witt, 40, was posing as a teenage boy online in order to attract young juvenile girls to send him pictures.
Witt has been in the Madison County Jail since October, but Tuesday's news conference concerned new developments in the case. Investigator Jeremy Hughes said details have unfolded that showed Witt pretended to be a 15-year-old boy and got in chat rooms with juvenile females, convincing them to send him personal information and nude pictures.
Investigator Hughes said they have identified victims in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee, but none in north Alabama at this point.
"He was going after young, juvenile female," said Hughes.
Hughes warned parents to keep a close eye on their children's online activities and to warn them the person they may be chatting with is not who they say they are.
"Remind them they don't know who is on the other end of the keyboard. People are posing as someone they are not," said Hughes. "Predators are looking to take advantage of the innocent and trusting nature of our children. Please, please monitor what they are doing online."
Witt is charged with multiple counts of possession of child pornography and production of pornography with minors.
"Don't put so much online. Don't live out your life online, because people are taking advantage of that," added Hughes.