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Chilton Co. man gets life in prison after conviction for sex crimes involving children

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

BIRMINGHAM — A Chilton County man was sentenced for transporting two minor girls for illegal sexual activity and producing, transporting, and possessing child pornography on Monday, April 15, according to U.S. Attorney Jay E, Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr.

U.S. District Judge Madeline H. Haikala sentenced Bruce Nicholson, 56, to life in prison.

The U.S. Department of Justice said that Nicholson was convicted on Oct. 18, 2018, for production, transportation, and possession of child pornography and transporting two minors with the intent to engage in unlawful sexual activity with them.  According to the sentencing memorandum, for many years Nicholson had sexually abused both girls and fled the state of Alabama with them in 2012.  They were on the road for more than a month and spent time in Florida, North Carolina and New York before law enforcement authorities found them in Kentucky.

“The sentence handed down today ensures that this man, who stole the innocence of two girls, and a large part of their childhoods, can no longer take advantage of them or any other vulnerable child,” said Town.  “Nicholson gave no sanctuary to these innocent girls and now has been sent away to federal prison for life where there is no sanctuary of parole.”

“A long prison sentence is well deserved for the defendant in this case,” said Sharp.  “The FBI will continue to use their tools to identify those who commit these horrendous acts, and will seek justice on behalf of their victims.”

FBI investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorneys J.B. Ward and Don Long prosecuted.

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