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Indiana Man Convicted of Transporting and Possessing Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
Office of Public Affairs

WASHINGTON – William Travis Brown, 39, of Sellersburg, Ind., was convicted today by a federal jury in Indianapolis of transporting and possessing child pornography, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana Timothy M. Morrison, and Indianapolis Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Resident Agent in Charge Daniel T. Dill.

Brown was charged on July 8, 2009, in an amended indictment with one count of transportation and one count of possession of child pornography. According to evidence presented during the four-day trial, investigators discovered more than one thousand images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of minors. The images and videos were obtained through searches on March 20, 2007, of Brown’s rented house in Georgetown, Ind., and the seizure of a computer and CDs. In addition, evidence introduced at trial revealed that Brown used different Internet technologies to chat and trade the images with others online. Brown was tried before U.S. District Court Chief Judge David F. Hamilton.

At sentencing, Brown faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum lifetime term of supervised release and a fine up to $250,000. A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled.

The case against Brown is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven D. DeBrota of the Southern District of Indiana and Trial Attorney Bonnie L. Kane of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS). The case was investigated by ICE, Indiana State Police, CEOS’s High Tech Investigative Unit and the FBI.

Updated September 15, 2014

Press Release Number: 09-715