On June 25, 2020, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children sent a tip to the Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force about an individual possessing and disseminating child pornography in the City of Dothan. The Special Investigations Unit of the Dothan Police Department, who has investigators on the Alabama ICAC Task Force, began its investigation into the criminal action. After more than five months of investigation that included numerous subpoenas and search warrants, Dothan Police Investigators executed a search warrant on the suspect’s residence in the 1400 block of Eastwood Drive on December 7, 2020.
The suspect in this case, Jeremy Downes, was taken into custody. Investigators seized electronic equipment in Downes’ home as part of the search warrant for forensic analysis. As a result of the forensic analysis of Downes’ electronic devices found in his home, Downes has been charged with additional criminal charges. The forensic analysis is continuing and more charges may be forthcoming.
The Dothan Police Department would like to thank the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for their assistance and partnership in this case.
Jeremy Wayne Downes (44) of Dothan has been charged with 28 counts of Dissemination/Display of Child Pornography, 14 counts of Possession of Child Pornography and 14 counts of Possession with Intent to Disseminate Child Pornography. Johnson is being held on bonds totaling $1.47 million.