Brandon Kent Neer Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Missoula on September 8, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, BRANDON KENT NEER, a 23-year-old resident of Helena, pled guilty to possession of child pornography. Sentencing is set for December 3, 2009. He is currently released on special conditions.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
An investigation began in April 2007, when a person using the screen name "brandonneer052002" began chatting with an undercover detective in Virginia he thought was a 13-year-old boy. "Brandonneer052002" sent the "boy" 16 images of a nude prepubescent boy and told the "boy" that he had orally sodomized an eleven-year-old boy. The detective was able to identify the person behind the screen name as NEER. Further conversations by NEER included more distributions of child pornography, and requests to allow NEER to engage in sexual activity with the undercover detective. NEER also discussed traveling to meet for sexual activity. The case was turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Helena for further investigation.
In October 2007, the computer NEER had used to communicate with the detective via the Internet was recovered during a search of NEER'S residence in Helena. When questioned, NEER admitted that he had been collecting child pornography and that there would be child pornography found on his computer. He also admitted that he knew the activities were illegal and wrong.
A forensic examination of the computer found numerous images of child pornography that NEER had received via the Internet and continued to possess.
NEER faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervision.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Helena Police Department, the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.