East Alton Man Sentenced for Child Pornography Offenses
Brandon Charles Seymour, 31, of East Alton, Illinois, was sentenced on September 28, 2012, to a total of 121 month’s imprisonment on a two-count indictment charging him with Receipt and Possession of Child Pornography, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Seymour’s term of imprisonment consists of 121 months on Count 1 and 120 months on Count 2 (the statutory maximum), to run concurrently. Seymour was also ordered to serve a 10 year term of supervised release on both counts, also to run concurrently; fined $150 on each count, for a total fine of $300; and ordered to pay a $200 special assessment. Seymour has jailed since he pled guilty to both offenses on January 27, 2012.
On April 27, 2011, an agent with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office working in an undercover internet operation identified a computer, found to belong to Seymour, offering to share child pornography. The officer was able to download 23 videos of child pornography from the Seymour’s computer. The investigation led the officer to the home Seymour shared with his family in East Alton, Illinois. A search warrant was obtained and executed on June 8, 2011. Among the items seized from the home was an eMachines computer and a Maxell DVD-R. Both were found in the Seymour’s bedroom.
Seymour admitted possession of the eMachines computer, stating that he was the only one who used that computer. He said that any videos of child pornography found on the computer would have been put there by him. He estimated that he had approximately 50 video files containing child pornography on this computer. Seymour also admitted burning approximately 15 video files containing child pornography to the Maxell DVD-R.
A forensic review of the computer revealed over 1,000 videos of child pornography, including the 23 that had been downloaded by the undercover officer on April 27, 2011(Count 2). Several of the videos found on the computer, including the one charged in Count 1 of the Indictment, was downloaded via the internet on April 20, 2011 (Count 1).
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in 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.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”
The case was investigated by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. The case was assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Angela Scott.