McLean County Man Sentenced to 5 1/2 Years in Prison for Receiving Child Pornography
PEORIA, Ill. – A Bloomington, Ill., man, Braman Benjamin Broy, 22, has been sentenced to 68 months (5 years, 8 months) in prison for receiving child pornography. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Michael M. Mihm ordered that Broy remain on supervised release for eight years following his release from incarceration. Broy will be required to register as a sex offender.
Broy pleaded guilty on Jan. 9, 2017. According to court documents, Broy was a member of Playpen, a hidden website dedicated to sharing child pornography that operated on the Tor network, from August 2014 until March 2015. In February 2015, Broy logged into Playpen and downloaded content depicting the sexual exploitation of children. During a search of his residence, agents located a computer and hard drives that contained more than 2,600 images and 530 videos of child pornography.
Broy has been detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest on May 31, 2016.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald L. Hanna, and investigated by the FBI.
This case 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 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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.