A 37-year-old Bay Minette woman has been given a $300,000 bond in charges stemming from the production of child pornography involving her own children.
Jennifer Lynne Weekley is charged with three counts: sexual abuse of a child under 12, permitting or allowing a child to engage in production of obscene matter and production of obscene matter.
During a bond hearing on June 21, Assistant District Attorney Matt Simpson laid out the charges against Weekley and some of the information that led to her arrest.
“What we have in this case is Ms. Weekley has communicated with an individual in Florida via text message conversations,” Simpson said. “We have those text message conversations. In those conversations, she discusses with this person in Florida as to the acts that she would perform with her children who were a girl at the age of 6 or 7 at the time and a boy the age of 3 or 4 at the time.”
Simpson said multiple acts were included in the productions Weekley allegedly created.
“These are acts that she would perform on the children, the children would perform on her and the children would perform amongst themselves that she would encourage,” Simpson said. “She would photograph these at the request of this individual in Florida and send these images to this individual in Florida.”
Simpson said authorities have confiscated the individual from Florida’s cell phone and discussed with him what was sent on the phones.
“We have sent all of the phones we have collected, including Ms. Weekley’s phone, to the FBI in Quantico where they are examining those phones,” Simpson said.
Simpson said they have also interviewed Weekley’s daughter, who disclosed some of the actions performed.
“They had a game that they would call ‘Huckle Buckle,’ where she would disclose photographs and engage in activities like penetration that Ms. Weekley would perform on the child that were consistent with the images described on the text conservation and sent to the individual in Florida,” Simpson said.
Simpson asked for $100,000 bond on each of the charges Weekley is facing. He also requested that if Weekley made bond that she be allowed no contact with her children, no contact with any children under the age of 18 and also asked for GPS ankle monitoring and house arrest.
Baldwin County District Court Judge William Scully granted Simpson’s requests, recommending to Weekley that she retain an attorney.
“The allegations they’ve made against you are pretty horrific,” Scully said. “At this time, I will go along with the proposed bond that Mr. Simpson suggested.”
Simpson said the charges brought against Weekley were the result of a long investigation from multiple agencies.
“This was a team involvement,” Simpson said. “We started with the Bay Minette Police Department, and it has evolved to the FBI Mobile Office, Care House and DHR in Baldwin County as well as investigators from our office. We expanded to the FBI in Orlando as well as the district attorney’s office in Seminole County, Florida.”
Simpson said the felonies Weekley is currently facing include two that could carry sentences of 20 years to life in prison.