Las Vegas Man Sentenced To Over 13 Years In Prison For Conspiracy To Travel For Sex With Minors And Possession Of Child Pornography
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A Las Vegas man, who conspired to travel to Michigan for sex with two minors and who was in possession of approximately 6,000 images of child pornography and approximately 300 videos of child pornography, was sentenced today to 160 months in prison, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Steven W. Myhre for the District of Nevada.
Bryon Quackenbush, 43, pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to travel with the intent to engage in illicit sexual contact and possession of child pornography. United States District Judge Kent J. Dawson presided over the sentencing hearing.
According to admissions made in the plea agreement, Quackenbush chatted extensively over the internet with co-defendant Robert Norwood-Charlier, who was under investigation for production, distribution, and possession of child pornography, and co-defendant Ryan Lively about pedophilia and their membership in “Guardians,” a fantasy-universe group that discusses “mind control’ over others. They also shared sexually explicit images and videos of children with each other. During an interview with law enforcement, Quackenbush admitted that he traveled to Kalamazoo, Mich., knowing Norwood-Charlier both produce child pornography and perform sexual acts on children. Furthermore, Quackenbush admitted that he received copies of videos from Norwood-Charlier of children being sexually exploited. During a search warrant of Quackenbush’s residence, law enforcement seized computers and numerous electronic devices. A forensic evaluation found approximately 6,000 images and approximately 300 videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
The case was investigated by the FBI and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force; and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cristina D. Silva.
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 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood and for information about internet safety education, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.