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VAN ZANDT COUNTY MAN SENTENCED FOR FEDERAL CHILD SOLICITATION VIOLATIONS
TYLER, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 59-year-old Wills Point, Texas man has been sentenced for Federal Child Solicitation violations.
BRIAN DOUGLAS BROWN pleaded guilty on November 8, 2011, to coercion and enticement of a minor. Brown was sentenced today to 120 months in federal prison during a hearing before United States District Judge Leonard E. Davis.
According to information presented in court, in June, 2011, Brown communicated via online chats with an individual identified to him as being a 14-year-old. During these online chats, Brown expressed the desire to engage in sexual activity with the minor. A one-count federal indictment was returned by the Grand Jury on July 13, 2011.
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.
This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and the Longview Police Department's Cyber Crimes Unit. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.