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Hoover man held on $6 million bond in child sex abuse case

Jason Michael Hankins. Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office Jason Michael Hankins. Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office

A Hoover man arrested on a sodomy charge by the Shelby County Sheriff's Office last week has been charged with six additional crimes by Hoover Police, including rape, child sex abuse and producing child pornography.

Jason Michael Hankins, 32, was charged with the sex crimes in connection to a molestation case involving a young female victim, according to Hoover Police. The Shelby County Sheriff's Office said the victim and Hankins had a pre-existing family relationship, but did not elaborate.

The new charges against Hankins are as follows:

-Rape 1st degree

-Sodomy 1st degree

-Production of Child Pornography

-Sexual Abuse 1st degree

-Sexual Abuse of a child less than 12 years of age

-Electronic Solicitation of a child

Hankins is being held on a $6 million bond in the Jefferson County Jail. The high bond amount was due to the "horrific nature" of the sex crimes, the victim's age and the need to protect the community, as well as possible other victims, Captain Jim Coker with Hoover PD said.

"I've never seen a bond at $6 million until now. And that is definitely an indication of the seriousness and horrific nature of these charges," Coker said in an interview with FOX6 on Thursday.

Captain Coker said Hankins also recently resigned from a job at the Family Life Center at Shades Crest Baptist Church. While the victim in the Hoover case and the Shelby County Sheriff's case are the same person, police believe there may be additional victims.

"This is a public appeal. If any other parents out there have any information, go back and check with your children. If your children were there when he was there, please ask," Captain Coker said.

Dr. Brian Lee, Senior Pastor at Shades Crest Baptist Church, says Hankins voluntarily resigned over the weekend after his first arrest. The church is unaware of any other potential victims coming forward. Lee said Hankins had been employed by the church for less than a year.

Hankins was arrested by Shelby County deputies on Friday, Dec. 13 for crimes he's accused of committing in unincorporated Shelby County. He was charged with first degree sodomy, production of obscene matter containing visual depiction of person under 17 years of age involved in obscene act, and distribution of material harmful to minors.

Hankins was released on a $123,000 bond on Saturday, Dec. 14.

U.S. Marshals arrested Hankins for the second time in one week around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18 at a home on Avanti Lane in Hoover. They transported him to the Jefferson County Jail, where he remains in custody for the charges brought by Hoover police.

Investigators believe there may be more victims of abuse. Anyone with information about Hankins or possible other victims is urged to contact Sgt. Lennie Sams with the Hoover Polic Department's Family Services Unit at 205-739-6822.

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