(CMR) A Missouri man who contributed to the crowdfunding of the anti-child trafficking film Sound of Freedom has been arrested and charged with child kidnapping.
Fabian Marta was reportedly arrested on 23 July by St. Louis Metropolitan Police and charged with felony child kidnapping. Marta had his bail set at $15,000 (£11,700) but was released on 24 July on personal recognizance following an initial appearance in court. His next court date is listed in records as August 28.
Marta was among thousands of patrons to help fund the creation of Sound of Freedom, which follows the true story of Tim Ballard (Jim Caviezel), a former US government agent and founder of the anti-trafficking group Operation Underground Railroad.
The film was released in the US in July, with Marta's name appearing in the movie credits among the investors.
In Facebook posts which have since been deleted, Marta allegedly expressed pride in funding the film and praised the Sound of Freedom for tackling a ‘tough subject'.
“[It] took extraordinary effort to bring it to movie theaters. I'm proud to have been a small part of it. If you see the movie look for ‘Fabian Marta and Family' at the very end of the credits,” Marta posted.
If he's found guilty, Marta could face 10 years to life in prison.