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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Former JSO Corrections Officer Sentenced For Possessing Child Pornography

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan has sentenced Leon Perry Brooks, Sr. (41, Jacksonville) to 21 months in federal prison for possessing child pornography. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender and to serve a five-year term of supervision following his prison term. A federal jury found Brooks guilty on October 8, 2014.

According to evidence presented at trial, in January 2013, a detective from the Jacksonville Sheriff Office, serving on the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, was able to download two videos depicting child pornography from an Internet Protocol address registered to Brooks. A search warrant was subsequently executed at his home, which resulted in the seizure of several computers. Two of these computers contained multiple videos depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), in conjunction with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Diidri W. Robinson.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.  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 locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

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Updated April 1, 2015