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Thursday, March 1, 2018

New Port Richey Man Pleads Guilty To Attempted Production And Possession Of Child Pornography

Tampa, Florida – Brian Scott Ellis (50, New Port Richey) has pleaded guilty to possessing and attempting to produce child pornography. He faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 15 years’ imprisonment, up to 30 years, for the attempted production charge and up to 20 years in federal prison for the possession charge. 

According to the plea agreement, Ellis attempted to create an explicit video of a young teenage girl as she slept in his house. Ellis also admitted to possessing 2,597 images and 1,807 videos depicting child pornography, including materials involving a toddler,

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Murray.

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

Project Safe Childhood
Updated March 1, 2018