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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ANGELA DODGE

Jan. 9, 2012

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Rockport Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charge

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Nicholas Brown, 24, of Rockport, Texas, has pleaded guilty today to possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Brown was indicted for possession of child pornography on Aug. 24, 2012, alleging he possessed images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct on Jan. 20, 2011.

Today, Brown stipulated that he possessed more than 100 videos of child pornography. Those videos were discovered during an investigation being conducted by the United States Marshals Service (USMS) into the whereabouts of a sex offender registration and notification act violator with whom Brown had been residing. Brown was contacted in regards to that investigation and consented to a search of a computers in his residence. The computers were turned over to the Corpus Christi Police Department’s (CCPD) Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) which led to a forensic examination, revealing the presence of child pornography. Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) agents conducted an investigation in partnership with CCPD-ICAC into the material discovered which concluded that Brown was responsible for the child pornography. Brown admitted to both constructing and being the sole user of the computer found to contain the child pornography. Many of the images and videos found therein contain victims previously identified as real children by the National Center For Missing and Exploited Children.

Brown was ordered into federal custody following his guilty plea today where he will remain pending his sentencing hearing, currently set for March 15, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. before Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack.

This case, prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lance Duke, 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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.