CO-FOUNDER OF FITNESS AND EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES
BOSTON, Mass. - An Acton man was convicted today in federal court on child pornography charges.
BRAD WARNER, 33, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Patti B. Saris to receipt and possession of child pornography. WARNER was a co-founder of HammelFit, a fitness and education program designed for children under the age of seven.
Had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that Robert John Mueller of Sterling Heights, Mich., received e-mails from WARNER, containing conversations about their shared sexual interests in young girls and their sexual desires for young girls from the ages of approximately three to 10 years old. WARNER indicated to Mueller that he had a particular sexual interest in an approximately seven year old girl.
Mueller also communicated through over 100 e-mails with John J. Belloli, Jr. of Dearborn Heights, Mich. during which time they had multiple conversations describing sexual attraction to minor females including minors as young as three years old. On March 14, 2009, Belloli e-mailed WARNER a video file that depicted a prepubescent female and an adult male engaged in sexual acts. On two other occasions, WARNER sent Belloli multiple cell phone videos of prepubescent females along with texts, one of which depicted a prepubescent female getting changed.
Judge Saris scheduled sentencing for August 29, 2011. WARNER faces five to 20 years imprisonment for receipt of child pornography, and up to 10 years imprisonment for possession of child pornography, to be followed by up to lifetime supervised release and a $250,000 fine.
U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston made the announcement today. Also assisting in the investigation were local police departments and the Massachusetts State Police. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nadine Pellegrini, Chief of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit and Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Yoon, of the Major Crimes Unit.
This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys' Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.