Child Pornography Conviction Lands Rockport Man in Federal Prison
|March 15, 2012|
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Nicholas Brown, 25, of Rockport, Texas, has been handed a 110-month prison term for possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Brown pleaded guilty Jan. 9, 2102, admitting he possessed images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct on Jan. 20, 2011.
Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack handed down the sentence today, which will be followed by a life-year-term of supervised released. Rios was also ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Brown previously admitted 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 will remain in federal custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined on the near future.
This case, prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Duke, was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."