LITTLE ROCK—Patrick C. Harris, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, and Special Agent in Charge Diane Upchurch, of the Little Rock Field Office for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), announced today that Lacy Brooks, 31, of Searcy, was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment for producing live pornographic videos of a 15-month-old baby.
Brooks was charged in a superseding indictment on January 5, 2017, with one count of production of child pornography and one count of distribution of child pornography. On January 10, 2017, on the day trial was to begin, Brooks pleaded guilty to both counts of the superseding indictment. On Thursday, United States District Judge Billy Roy Wilson sentenced Brooks to 20 years’ imprisonment, and 10 years of supervised release.
The charges in the superseding indictment were based on an investigation that began in Tyler, Texas, when FBI agents arrested Brian Casper, who admitted that he requested child pornography from mothers he met on dating websites. A search of Casper’s phone revealed a series of screenshots dated August 25, 2015, which appeared to have been taken while Casper was using the Skype application and chatting with a female using the screen name “Lacy.” The screenshots depicted a baby, naked from the waist down, exposing her genitals. Some of the screenshots showed the baby lying naked on an open diaper underneath the buttocks of the baby. There were also multiple screenshots showing a sex toy being placed on the exposed genitals of the baby.
Further examination of the individual’s phone revealed multiple messages between Casper and Brooks on the KIK messaging application. During the course of the KIK messages, Brooks engaged in sexually explicit conversations with Casper, during which Casper told Brooks that “I love your videos,” and, “I hope that your coochie and her’s are mine. I love you so much.” Brooks responded, “Yes baby we are yours,” followed by a photograph of a baby lying on an open diaper displaying her genitals.
Casper subsequently pleaded guilty to the federal charge of conspiracy to produce child pornography and was sentenced in the Eastern District of Texas to 336 months’ imprisonment.
On September 22, 2015, Brooks was arrested and provided a Mirandized statement. Brooks admitted to meeting Casper online, communicating with him on the KIK application, and using Skype to send the individual live recordings of herself inappropriately touching the baby. Brooks admitted to placing the sex toy against the baby.
“The sexual exploitation of a baby for the gratification of someone Brooks met on the internet is disgusting and violates all sense of human decency,” Harris said. “Protecting children who cannot protect themselves remains a top priority of our office and we will relentlessly prosecute those who violate the trust that children inherently put in them.”
“The FBI is dedicated to investigating any instance where a young child is victimized for the sexual gratification of an adult,” SAC Upchurch said. “We’d like to thank the U.S. Attorney’s office for their continued work on these crimes. We’d also like to thank our FBI partners in the Dallas division, Tyler resident agency, as well as our state and local partners that assisted in the investigation.”
The investigation was conducted by the FBI field office in Little Rock and resident agency in Tyler, Texas, as well as the White County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas State Police, and the White County Prosecuting Attorney’s office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Erin O’Leary and Kristin Bryant.