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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Indiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Evansville man sentenced for receiving child pornography from a woman in the Philippines

Indianapolis – Josh J. Minkler, United States Attorney, announced today that Bradley J. Hancock, 33 of Evansville, Indiana, was sentenced immediately following his plea of guilty to one count of Receipt of Sexually Explicit Material Involving Minors to 84 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young. This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Task Force and Evansville Police Department.

During his guilty plea, Hancock admitted to having received multiple images depicting a minor under the age of 12 engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Hancock explained that he used social networking software to meet a woman living in the Philippines. Hancock then persuaded the woman to send him sexually explicit images of a minor female in her care. Hancock received and viewed the images that were of a child approximately one to two years old. Hancock described himself as having an ongoing problem involving sexual attraction to minors.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd S. Shellenbarger, who prosecuted the case for the government, Judge Young imposed a 20-year term of supervised release following Hancock’s release from prison. Hancock must register as a sex offender, must not have unsupervised contact with minors, and must participate in a sex offender treatment program while on supervision. Hancock must forfeit the computer and cellular phone he used in the commission of the offense.

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 the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, 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.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

Updated April 26, 2017