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Easton Man Indicted for Producing and Possessing Child Pornography

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March 4, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland - A federal grand jury has indicted Paul Henry Brown, age 69, of Easton, Maryland, on charges of production and possession of child pornography. The indictment was returned on February 16, 2011. Henry had his initial appearance on Tuesday March 1, 2011, and a detention hearing on Tuesday, March 2, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Beth P. Gesner. Magistrate Judge Gesner ordered that Brown be detained pending trial. Related state charges have been dismissed.

The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Resident Agent in Charge Frank McGarvey of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations; Talbot County Sheriff Dallas G. Pope; and Talbot County State’s Attorney Scott G. Patterson.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said, “Mr. Brown is alleged to have sexually exploited a minor to produce child pornography. This case demonstrates that coordinating law enforcement efforts is effective in combating child exploitation and abuse. I am especially grateful to Talbot County Sheriff Dallas Pope and Talbot County State’s Attorney Scott Patterson for their work on this case.”

“This case was an exemplary model of agencies working together to achieve a common, and effective goal of public safety,” said Sheriff Dallas Pope.

“Sexually exploiting children is a crime that has traumatic effects on the most vulnerable members of our society," said Resident Agent in Charge Frank McGarvey of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Ocean City. “ICE HSI will continue to work aggressively with our law enforcement partners to identify and apprehend individuals who sexually exploit our children and deprive them of their innocence.”

According to Brown’s two count indictment, from 2009 until August 11, 2010, Brown allegedly coerced a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct, in order for Brown to photograph that conduct. The indictment further alleges that on August 11, 2010, Brown allegedly possessed child pornography on his computer.

Brown faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years in prison for production of child pornography; and a maximum of 10 years in prison for possession of child pornography, followed by up to lifetime of supervised release.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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 to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov. Details about Maryland’s program are available at www.justice.gov/usao/md/Safe-Childhood/index.html.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended ICE HSI, the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office and the Talbot County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in this investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Judson T. Mihok, who is prosecuting the case.

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