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April 4, 2012

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29-Year-Old Houston Man Lands in Prison for Possession of Child Pornography

HOUSTON – Brandon Rashaud Furlough, 29, has been sentenced to 60 months in prison for possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Furlough pleaded guilty to the charge Jan. 12, 2012.

Today, U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison handed down the sentence and further ordered him to serve a term of life on supervised release following completion of that prison term.

At the time of his guilty plea, Furlough conceded that in February and March 2010, undercover FBI agents connected to the Internet and signed on to a peer-to-peer file sharing program and, on two occasions, were able to download images of child pornography. The downloads were traced to Furlough’s computer at his residence in Houston.

On April 9, 2010, a federal search warrant was executed at Furlough’s residence, at which time he was interviewed and admitted to possession of child pornography utilizing multiple computers located within the residence. Furlough told agents that he last looked at child pornography two days prior, on April 7. Several computers, thumb drives and CD/DVDs were seized and a total of 5900 child pornography images and/or movies were found on three computers.

Furlough was permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

This case, prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Stabe and investigated by the FBI, 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, 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 For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab "resources."