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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 24, 2020

Repeat Offender Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Possessing Thousands of Images of Child Sexual Abuse

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that BRIAN HERNDON, 45, of New Britain, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 84 months of imprisonment, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for possession child pornography and for violating the conditions of his supervised release from a prior federal conviction.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on January 12, 2009, Herndon was sentenced in New Haven federal court to 72 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for possessing child pornography.  He was released from federal prison in May 2014.  On September 1, 2015, U.S. Probation officers searched Herndon’s residence and seized a laptop.  Subsequent forensic examination of the laptop revealed approximately 2,269 images and 74 videos depicting the sexual abuse of children.

Herndon pleaded guilty to the offense on November 21, 2019.

Judge Shea ordered Herndon to pay a total of $5,000 to two victims whose images he possessed.

Herndon, who had been released on bond, was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service at the conclusion of today’s court proceeding.

This investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter S. Jongbloed.

This prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood Initiative, which is aimed at protecting children from sexual abuse and exploitation.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

To report cases of child exploitation, please visit www.cybertipline.com.

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Updated February 24, 2020