Largo Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charges
Tampa, FL - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces the filing of criminal complaint charging Ronald William Brown (57, Largo) with conspiring to kidnap a child and possession of child pornography. Brown was arrested at his Largo home on July 20, 2012. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison.
Today, a bond and preliminary hearing were held before United States Magistrate Judge Thomas G. Wilson. Counsel for the defendant waived the preliminary hearing and Brown was ordered detained.
A complaint is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Amanda Kaiser.
It is another case brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc/ For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."