September 26, 2020

YouTube sting videos prompt sex crimes arrests of two men, including Alabama school choir teacher

Alabama sheriff’s deputies say two men were arrested Thursday based on YouTube sting videos aimed at catching people seeking underage sex.

The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office says 27-year-old Bradley Lamar White and 23-year-old David Scott Fox Jr. both were arrested after investigations that began with videos produced by young men who say they’re trying to catch sexual predators.

Three teenagers from Calhoun County are responsible for creating the YouTube channel called “Hive vs. Predator” and documenting their communications with the men they believe were preying on underage youth. The young men in the videos say they clearly told the suspects that they were underage and the two men continued to pursue contact.

Ultimately, they arranged to meet with the men at Walmart, where they videoed their encounters as they confronted the men.

Police apparently agreed with the video producers after seeing the videos and perhaps other evidence the young men collected.

A police statement says White was a choir teacher at middle and high schools in Alexandria and is charged with distributing obscene material to a student and having sexual contact with a student. He resigned Wednesday.

Fox is charged with electronic solicitation of a child.

Court records aren’t available to show whether either man has a lawyer to speak on his behalf. Court dates for both men are set for December.