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Newport News Man Pleads Guilty to Transportation of Child pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 13, 2010

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Jeffrey Lee Brackett, 56, of Newport News, Va., pleaded guilty today to one count of transportation of child pornography. 

            Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by United States District Judge Mark S. Davis.

            Brackett was indicted on February 10, 2010 by a federal grand jury on three counts of transportation of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.  Sentencing has been set for August 16, 2010].  Brackett faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years imprisonment, a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment, and a $250,000 monetary fine.  Brackett also faces lifetime supervised release when released from incarceration.

            According to court documents, in August 2009, Brackett was identified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) during an undercover investigation of individuals trading child pornography over the Internet.  During the course of the investigation, the FBI downloaded numerous images of child pornography from a computer located at Brackett’s residence in Newport News, Virginia.  A computer forensic analysis of Brackett’s computer, seized pursuant to a search warrant, revealed additional images of child pornography, some depicting prepubescent children engaged in sex acts with adults. 

            This case was investigated by the FBI’s Peninsula Innocent Images Task Force.  Assistant United States Attorney Elizabeth Yusi is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.

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