*Hat Tip: Phillip King
A horrific story coming out of Foley; a couple is accused of producing and sharing child pornography involving a four-year-old child.
Police are using words like “sick” and “twisted” to describe what happened.
The diabolical white couple has been locked up for two days and now Corey Ashton Steele and his girlfriend Krystal Sanspree could get out of jail on bond.
"Krystal Sanspree was arrested on ten different counts and her bond came to a total of $650,000 and Corey Steele his bond was $525,000," said ADA Kristi Hagood.
Police say Sanspree texted four different pictures of herself performing sexual acts with a four-year-old male child. After getting a tip from an anonymous source, police say Corey Steele admitted to asking for the pictures.
"It doesn’t matter what the age, you are corrupting innocence when this happens. When you get down to the age of four it just shocks the conscience. We see a lot of this in this line of work and when you see things that happen to just helpless children that cannot defend themselves. It's a horrific crime. It truly does shock the conscience," said Hagood.
Under the law, prosecutors say Sanspree faces life without parole if she's convicted of having sex with a child under the age of six. Steele could face up to 10 years in prison for soliciting the pictures.
“It's terrible. It's horrific. There aren't enough words to describe how bad this is. Sadly this is not the only case like this that I’ve seen,” said Hagood.
Federal officials are also involved, looking into the possibility that the child pornography could have been shared even further and for profit.
According to Foley PD, on December 11, 2018 the department, along with the Baldwin County Department of Human Resources launched an investigation into possible sexual abuse involving a child after receiving information from a concerned source.
The investigation that followed confirmed the abuse. Corey Ashton Steele, age 32 from Loxley, and a female friend Krystal Sanspree, age 30 from Foley, were both arrested.
Through the investigation it was determined that Steele solicited pictures from Sanspree of her performing sexual acts with a four-year-old male child. The pictures were sent over the phone to Steele.
Both parties made admissions to investigators. Krystal Sanspree is being charged with Sexual Abuse of a Child less than the age of 12, Sodomy First Degree, 4 Counts of Production of Child Pornography, and 4 Counts of Dissemination of Child Pornography.
Corey Steele is being charged with Criminal Solicitation of a Class B Felony, Solicitation of Sodomy, 4 Counts of Possession of Child Pornography, and 4 Counts of Solicitation of Child Pornography.
More charges are pending as the investigation continues into this case, as federal charges may also be pursued.
The Baldwin County D.A.'s Office, HSI Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, The Department of Human Resources, Bay Minette P.D., and Robertsdale P.D. all played important roles in assisting with this case.