Alabama Walmart Worker Accused of Recording Minors as Young as 2 in Store Bathroom for 'Sexual Gratification': Cops

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May 13 2023, Published 4:14 p.m. ET

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A former Walmart employee in Alabama has been indicted on over 50 child pornography charges after he allegedly recorded minors in the store’s bathroom, according to authorities.

On Feb. 22, Ethan Edward Richardson, 25, was arrested and initially charged with production of child pornography, possession of child pornography, and aggravated criminal surveillance in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred on Feb. 4, the Cullman Police Department stated.

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Richardson allegedly used his cellphone to record a juvenile while they were in the restroom at Walmart, The Cullman Tribune reported.

He was later released on an $80,000 bond, officials said.

Officials recently announced that after an investigation, Richardson was indicted and charged with a total of 53 counts, according to the Cullman Police Department.

The charges include 17 counts of production of child pornography, 17 counts of possession of child pornography and 19 counts of aggravated surveillance, according to The Cullman Tribune.

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Birmingham Real-Time News reported that investigators found 18 additional victims, some as young as 2 years old.

Police believe Richardson could have started taking videos of the victims as early as 2022.

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According to the indictment, Richardson allegedly recorded the underage victims in the Walmart bathroom without their knowledge and “for purposes of sexual gratification.”

Richardson’s new bail was set at $625,000, officials said.


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