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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 08, 2011

Van Zandt County Man Guilty of Child Exploitation Violations

    TYLER, Texas – A 58-year-old Wills Point, Texas man has pleaded guilty to child exploitation violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
 
Brian Douglas Brown pleaded guilty to coercion and enticement of a minor today before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love.

According to information presented in court, in June 2011, Brown communicated via online chats with an individual identified to him as being 14 years old, to whom Brown expressed the desire to engage in sexual activity with the child.  Brown was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 13, 2011 and charged with child exploitation charges. 
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.
Brown faces at least 10 years and up to life in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.
This case is being investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and the Longview Police Department's Cyber Crimes Unit and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.

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