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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Georgia

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Dougherty County School Teacher Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charges

Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that Brian O. Brannen, aged 41, formerly of Albany, Georgia, entered a guilty plea to one count of possession of child pornography on December 15, 2014, before the Honorable W. Louis Sands, U.S. District Court Judge, in Albany, Georgia.

Based on facts related by a person who had stayed briefly at Mr. Brannen’s residence that child pornography had been seen there and on Mr. Brannen’s computer, officers of the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office obtained and executed a search warrant on that residence and computer.  They found numerous images of child pornography indicating involvement with same by Mr. Brannen since at least 2007.  The Department of Homeland Security became involved in the investigation and subsequently determined that the computer contained 24 video files depicting child pornography.”

Mr. Brannen will be sentenced in about 60 days.  He faces a maximum possible sentence of twenty (20) years imprisonment, a maximum fine of $250,000, or both.  He will also be required to register as a sex offender.

“Child pornography is a scourge that makes victims of the most innocent members of our society.  I commend the investigators in this case for their diligence in uncovering the participation of Mr. Brannen in this illegal activity,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Moore.

The case was investigated by Captain Craig Dodd and Lieutenant Julie Wood, with the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  Assistant United States Attorney Jim Crane is prosecuting the case for the Government.

Questions concerning this case should be directed to Pamela Lightsey, Public Information Officer, United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 621-2603.

Updated February 19, 2015