Biloxi Man Sentenced to over Nine Years in Federal Prison for Possession of Child Pornography
Gulfport, Miss. – Christopher Bryan Smith, 45, of Biloxi, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to serve 109 months in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Jere T. Miles with U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in New Orleans. Smith was also ordered to pay restitution to a known victim in the amount of $5,000, a fine in the amount of $5,000, and an additional assessment of $5,000 under the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015.
An investigation conducted by HSI, the Wiggins Police Department, and the Gulf Coast Cyber Crime Task Force resulted in the identification of an internet protocol address belonging to Smith and his use of a computer file sharing program. Thereafter, a federal search warrant was executed in July 2017 at Smith’s Biloxi home. Smith’s electronic devices were seized and forensic examinations were conducted. The examination reports, as well as the submissions of the visual depictions found and submitted to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, resulted in a finding that Smith knowingly possessed visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, to include visual depictions of a minor who had not attained 12 years of age.
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Gulf Coast Cyber Crime Task Force, and the Wiggins Police Department, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Jones.