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Authorities in Wayne County accuse an Alabama man of sexually abusing three young Detroit relatives and making a widely shared video of one of his assaults.

Germain Moore, 44, of Detroit, is also accused of sexually assaulting a young girl in Alabama. News outlets report that the victim has been located and is safe.

The video has been shared across the world via Facebook and other social media as far as Colorado and France shows a young girl performing oral sex on an adult.

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Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Tuesday Moore lives in Alabama and was arrested by local police without incident. He said authorities are working to extradite the suspect from Alabama to Detroit, but didn't know when it would happen.

Craig called the assaults "a horrible, horrible case involving a violent sexual predator" and said the investigation is ongoing.

"It's a very troubling case," he said. "And in my years of experience in dealing with these kinds of cases, even though we're looking at these three victims, we will find there are probably other victims.

"We're asking the public if they recognize this individual and there's been any contact, to please let us know and we'll investigate."

He made the remarks during a news conference at Detroit Police Department headquarters.

Craig said all of the victims are girls and he did not, as of the news conference, have any update on the girls' conditions.

He also said Alabama police have arrested two other people in connection with the case. One person is Moore's fiancee, who police believe was hiding the suspect. The other is a man who was the first to distribute the video of the assault, the police chief said.

Alabama State Bureau of Investigation Lt. Brooke Walker said Monday the woman who has been detained is not cooperating.

Montgomery Police charged 42-year-old Jerrell Washington with distributing the video, and warn that anyone who shares the video, even in outrage, can be charged as well, according to the Associated Press.

On Monday, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement her office has charged Moore with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, using a computer to commit a crime and distributing sexually explicit matter involving children in connection with sexual assaults on three children, ages 9, 10 and 12, who live in Detroit. Officials said Moore is the paternal uncle of the children.

Craig said Tuesday Moore is being charged with four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of child sexual abuse and a count of distributing child pornography.

Moore cared for all three children while their mother worked in the years 2011 through 2017, according to prosecutors. They also allege Moore assaulted the children at his mother's home in Detroit and his home in Alabama.

On Tuesday, Craig again warned Facebook and social media users to not view, share or distribute the video.

"I've got to believe that most people who circulated it wanted to help identify the perpetrator and the victims," he said. "But don't do that. You can be charged with distribution of child pornography. Contact your local authorities and let them investigate it."

cramirez@detroitnews.com

Associated Press contributed.

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