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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 3, 2017

Pair Charged With Manufacturing Child Pornography and Numerous Sex Offenses Against a Minor Child

Louis D. Lappen, Acting United States Attorney, announced the unsealing of a Forty-Two count indictment issued against Lawrence Jamieson, 57, of Malvern, PA, and John Brown, 25, of Norristown, PA. The pair was charged yesterday with enticing a minor to engage in illicit sexual conduct, manufacturing child pornography, transferring obscene materials to a minor, distribution of child pornography, receipt of child pornography, and possession of a collection of images and videos of children being sexually abused and in sexually explicit positions on various dates in 2015 and 2016. The charges involve Jamieson and Brown’s sexual abuse of the minor child on multiple occasions over more than 18 months, and their photographing, videotaping, and distributing images and videos of the abuse. Brown is also charged with taking sexually explicit photos of a second victim, an infant girl. Lastly, the indictment also charges Jamieson and Brown with maintaining collections of sexually explicit images of children taken from the Internet.

 

Defendant Jamieson was transported from Chester County Prison today, where he had been incarcerated on local charges for his sexual abuse of the minor child. His initial appearance was held before the Honorable Elizabeth T. Hey, Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He was detained in federal custody until Tuesday, March 7, 2017, when Jamieson is listed for arraignment and a detention hearing.

 

If convicted, both defendants face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, which includes a 15-year mandatory minimum term of incarceration, and five years up to a lifetime of supervised release. Jamieson also faces a $5,750,000 fine and a mandatory special assessment of $110,100, and Brown faces a $4,750,000 fine and a mandatory special assessment of $90,100.

 

The case was investigated by the Willistown Police Department, the Chester County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Rotella.

 

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 United States 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.

 

An Indictment, Information or Criminal Complaint is an accusation. A defendant is presumed

innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated March 3, 2017