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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Indianapolis Man Sentenced to 151 Months in Federal Prison for Transporting Child Sexual Abuse Material

INDIANAPOLIS– Brian Greenlee, 36, of Indianapolis, was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to transportation of child sexual abuse material.

According to court documents, on January 15, 2021, law enforcement officers learned Greenlee was trafficking in child sexual abuse material. Greenlee had been arrested on an unrelated outstanding warrant in Hendricks County, Indiana and was in the custody of the Hendricks County Jail. Greenlee had a cellular telephone and a backpack containing multiple digital devices when he was arrested. On January 16, 2021, officers obtained a warrant to search Greenlee’s property at the jail and seized his smartphone and the backpack containing digital devices.

Law enforcement officers were able to execute the warrant and obtain access to the data stored on Greenlee’s devices. They found multiple images and videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct on his devices, some depicting the sexual abuse of infants as young as six months to 1 year old. Greenlee’s smartphone had the MEGA cloud-storage application installed, which also allows users to chat within the application. Law enforcement officers found thousands of sexually explicit videos of children on Greenlee’s smartphone and stored in his MEGA account. Greenlee discussed his sexual interest in children with others in conversations over text message, social media messaging, and the MEGA application. Greenlee sent others links to the child sexual abuse material he stored on his MEGA account during these conversations.

Zachary A. Myers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, and Herbert J. Stapleton, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office made the announcement.

The FBI investigated the case. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department provided valuable assistance. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Chief Judge Tanya Walton Pratt. As part of the sentence, Judge Pratt ordered that Greenlee be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for 10 years following his release from federal prison and ordered Greenlee to pay $76,000 in restitution the child victims. Greenlee must also register as sex offender wherever he lives, works, or goes to school, as required by law.

U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristina M. Korobov who prosecuted this case.

This investigation was conducted by the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, a partnership of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies led by the Indiana State Police. The Task Force is dedicated to investigating and prosecuting crimes involving the technology-facilitated sexual exploitation of children and the trafficking of child sexual abuse material. Each year, Indiana ICAC investigators evaluate thousands of tips, investigate hundreds of cases, and rescue dozens of children from ongoing sexual abuse. In fiscal year 2019, the most recent year for which data is available, the Southern District of Indiana was second out of the 94 federal districts in the country for the number of child sexual exploitation cases prosecuted.

Topic(s): 
Antitrust
Project Safe Childhood
Updated November 8, 2022