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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 8, 2015

Norfolk Man Sentenced to Four Years for Possessing Child Pornography

Posted Some 4,000 Sexually Suggestive Comments to Website

NORFOLK, Va. – Daniel Brown, 39, of Norfolk, was sentenced today to four years in prison, followed by a ten-year term of supervised release for possessing child pornography.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and Clark E. Settles, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations Washington, D.C., made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Mark S. Davis.

Brown pled guilty to possessing child pornography on September 23, 2014.  According to court documents, Brown was discovered during an investigation into a photo sharing website known to be used for sharing child pornography.  Brown was a registered user of the site and posted suggestive pictures of young girls with comments implying he was creating pornographic images of these girls and was willing to trade images with other users.  The investigator further revealed that Brown had posted over 4,000 sexually suggestive comments regarding images of children that had been posted by other users on this particular website. 

Based upon Brown’s activities on the website, investigators obtained a search warrant for Brown’s residence and his email account.  Agents found that Brown possessed child pornography in his email account as well as on the electronic devices in his home.  In addition, Brown was routinely using his email account to trade child pornography with other users from the photo sharing website.  Brown was active duty Army stationed at Little Creek Amphibious Base when he was arrested.
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph L. Kosky is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:14cr106.
Updated March 24, 2015