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RICHMOND, Va. – A Chesterfield County man was sentenced today to 30 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release for producing child pornography.
According to court documents, beginning in December 2015 and continuing over several years, Joshua Clayton Brady, 36, made sexually explicit videos with multiple female victims between the ages of 14 and 16 using the internet application Skype. Brady met these victims on various dating websites, falsely representing himself as a member of one of two wealthy families in the United Kingdom and the United States. Brady sometimes threatened to expose the victims’ activities on those websites to their parents to coerce their participation in the sexual activity. Several years after recording one victim, Brady reapproached that victim when she was a college freshman. Brady then induced the victim to wire him money and allow him to use the victim’s credit cards by threatening to release the videos he had made previously. Brady engaged in similar conduct with adult women he had met on-line.
Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Jason Miyares, Attorney General of Virginia; Stanley M. Meador, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Field Office; and Wayne A. Jacobs, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office Criminal Division, made the announcement after sentencing by Senior U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael C. Moore and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Samuel E. Fishel prosecuted the case.
This case was investigated by the FBI Washington Field Office’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force. The task force is composed of FBI agents, along with other federal agents and detectives from northern Virginia and the District of Columbia. The task force is charged with investigating and bringing federal charges against individuals engaged in the exploitation of children and those engaged in human trafficking.
In 2021, EDVA launched “UnMasked,” a community-based educational outreach and prevention program in Virginia dedicated to raising awareness and educating the community about the prevalence of online sexual exploitation involving children and young adults. UnMasked is a multi-disciplinary partnership of local, state, federal, and non-profit stakeholders. The core curriculum is provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) NetSmartz program. To report an incident involving online sexual exploitation, call 1-800-843-5678 or submit a report at report.cybertip.org. To request an UnMasked event at your school or organization, please contact EDVA’s Community Outreach Coordinator at USAVAE.UnMasked@usdoj.gov.
A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 3:21-cr-17.