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Clanton man pleads guilty to producing child pornography, sexual abuse

Published 1:20pm Monday, May 20, 2013

Manuel Alvarez, 51, pleaded guilty on Monday to four counts of sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old and two counts of possession of child pornography.

Alvarez appeared in court at 9 a.m. and entered his plea agreement shortly after 10 a.m. with Judge Sibley Reynolds.

Alvarez will be held in the Chilton County Jail under a $3,275,000 bond until his sentencing date of Nov. 12.

Alvarez was arrested in July 2012 at his home off Temple Road and charged with 28 counts of possession of child pornography, production of child pornography and sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12, a Class A felony.

Investigators alleged five girls, ages 8-11 at the time of the crimes, were sexually abused by Alvarez.

In August 2012, Clanton Police Department confirmed more than 15,000 images on two confiscated hard drives as child pornography and four more hard drives were being processed by Prattville Police Department’s computer forensics lab.

Alvarez was originally born in California and later relocated to Clanton in 2008.

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