Anthoney Mitchel Brooks Found Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that on April 15, 2009, in Billings, after a 2-day federal district court trial before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, ANTHONEY MITCHEL BROOKS, a 27-year-old resident of Codorus, Pennsylania, was found guilty of advertisement and distribution of child pornography. Sentencing is set for July 15, 2009. He is currently detained.
At trial, the government presented evidence of the following:
On August 4, 2006, an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation was online on the Internet, logged into the UnderNet IRC server, in a channel entitled "#aLLgirls." An individual by the screen name "bajesus" advertised files available for distribution. The file names were indicative of child pornography. The agent uploaded a public access file to receive the needed credit to download files from "bajesus." With the acquired credit, the agent downloaded ten graphic image files and two movie files from the f-serve. Pre-pubescent children engaged in sexually explicit conduct were in both the images and movies.
An administrative subpoena was served and "bajesus" was identified as Anthoney Mitchel Brooks of Codorus, Pennsylvania.
On March 5, 2007, a search warrant was executed on BROOKS' residence in Pennsylvania. Agents seized several items and sent them to the Billings FBI office for forensic examination. A number of graphic files and a number of movie files containing child pornography were recovered from BROOKS' digital media. BROOKS used the Internet to advertise and distribute the images of child pornography. The images included prepubescent children, sadistic or masochistic abuse or other forms of violence. BROOKS had categorized the images in his f-serve, including the child pornography images under various labels indicative of the activities in the images and movies.
BROOKS faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison and could be sentenced to 30 years, a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervision.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd prosecuted the case for the United States.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.