Man arrested, accused of making pornography with minors

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man Sunday and charged him with producing underage pornography.

Wendell Shane Swinney, 49, was arrested around 12:15 p.m. on July 3.

Wendell Shane Swinney
(Franklin Co. Sheriff’s Office)

According to online court documents, this isn’t the first time Swinney has faced such charges. In June 2019, he was arrested in Marion County, Alabama, and charged with electronic solicitation, transmitting obscene material, and traveling to meet a child for sex acts.

Court records show Swinney pleaded not guilty in January 2020. Yet, in a virtual hearing later that year in November, he signed a plea agreement pleading guilty to all three counts.

Swinney was sentenced to 15 years and 5 years probation, in addition to registering as a sex offender.

In June 2022, court documents show Swinney requested the ability to travel out of state. This request has been accepted.

A few days later, Swinney requested permission to travel to Colorado for a graduation ceremony, but that request was denied.

According to online jail records, Swinney remains in the custody of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office without bond.


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