ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — The father of 19-year-old Peyton Pruitt tells us his son has been released this evening from jail.
Pruitt was found not guilty by reason of mental defect of providing support for a terrorist act in September. He remained jailed until a judge made a decision on whether he should remain in custody or return home with his family.
Pruitt was arrested on Nov. 13 of 2015 and charged with soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism, and his bond was set at $1,000,000.
The charges came after staff at a school, where Peyton lived, noticed some suspect behavior: Peyton had bought a book about ISIS, watched a documentary about ISIS, and communicated with people who appeared to be affiliated with ISIS on social media (The Pruitt’s lawyer, James Gallini, says he has evidence that Peyton likely never communicated with any members of ISIS, and that the people Peyton engaged with online were FBI agents).
He was released today under the supervision of his father, with a set of conditions according to the judge’s order:
- That he not be allowed to use computers, cellular telephones, other
electronic devices, or the internet other than in a supervised school
- That as an added precaution, his home will be equipped with a 9:00 p.m.
kill switch for all internet and WIFI access and shall activate the switch
daily from 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.;
- That law enforcement, including representatives from the St. Clair
County Sheriff’s Department and either the FBI or ATF, shall immediately
inspect the home for its compliance with this Order;
- That Mr. Pruitt shall comply with the current school plan in place for his
- That law enforcement shall randomly, and in not more than 3 month
intervals, inspect the home for compliance with this Order with
reasonable notice to the father, Tony Pruitt;
- That any guns or weapons of any kind located in the home shall be
locked in a closet and secured in a locked safe for which Peyton has no
access. Peyton Pruitt shall not be allowed to possess any firearms,
explosives, or other weapons;
- That Tony Pruitt and Peyton’s step-mom shall complete parental
counseling related to Peyton’s condition with internet safety as a point of
- That Peyton Pruitt shall undergo professional mental health counseling
as well as attend internet safety awareness classes. Progress reports of
such counseling shall be submitted to this court every 3 months;
- That reports shall be submitted from the St. Clair County Sheriff’s
Department to this court every 6 months regarding compliance with this
- That the Court shall be notified immediately of any anticipated change
of residence of Peyton Pruitt;
- That should Peyton’s supervisors not be able to locate his whereabouts
for a period of longer than one hour, local authorities/law enforcement
shall be notified immediately to determine his location;
- That six months prior to the end of his eligibility for services from his
school, a plan shall be submitted with the court relating to his future
- That this court may add to or reduce such conditions in future orders;
- This court shall retain jurisdiction of this matter.