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Brooklyn Center Man Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For Distributing Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Minnesota

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of JUSTIN THOMAS CHAPMAN, 38, to 180 months in prison for distributing child pornography. CHAPMAN, who pleaded guilty on May 8, 2019, was sentenced today before Judge Eric C. Tostrud in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota.

According to his guilty plea and documents filed in court, from March 2017 through August 10, 2018, CHAPMAN moderated and participated in online chatrooms where participants distributed, traded, and received child pornography. CHAPMAN and other participants also used the chatrooms to express their preferences in child pornography as well as discuss means to avoid detection by law enforcement. As a chatroom moderator, CHAPMAN communicated and enforced the “rules” of the chatrooms, including limits on content, the way child pornography could be shared, and a code of conduct for the chatroom members.

According to his guilty plea and documents filed in court, after the execution of a search warrant at CHAPMAN’S residence, CHAPMAN obstructed the FBI’s investigation by warning others in the chatrooms that the FBI was aware of their activities.

This case was the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Manda M. Sertich and Alexander D. Chiquoine.


Defendant Information:


Brooklyn Center, Minn.


  • Distribution of child pornography, 1 count


  • 180 months in prison
  • Ten years of supervised release





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United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota: (612) 664-5600

Updated September 26, 2019

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