United States v. Brandon Huu Le
Child Sextortion - Victim Information
United States v. Brandon Huu Le
Case Number: 1:22-CR-160 (W.D. Mich.)
Charges: Coercion and Enticement, Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, Receipt of Child Pornography
Summary of Charged Offenses
This is a “sextortion” case brought in federal court in the Western District of Michigan. On November 16, 2022, defendant Brandon Huu Le was charged with exploiting a minor through the Internet. The government alleges that the defendant, using the name “Ty” and multiple screen names listed below, threatened to publish sexual conversations and materials about minor girls to the girls’ friends, parents, social media followers, and schools unless the girls sent him sexually explicit photos and videos.
The government alleges that the defendant used Omegle and Snapchat, and the following screen names:
Questions & Answers
- I received a letter in the mail from the FBI asking me questions about the case. Is that letter legitimate? Should I fill it out?
Yes. As a part of our victim outreach, federal law enforcement sent letters to identified victims in the case, providing directions on how to register for notifications about this case. If you received such a letter, it is from federal law enforcement.
If you didn’t get a letter, that doesn’t mean you aren’t a victim of Brandon Le’s alleged exploitation. We are working to identify victims through our records but also rely on the public to self-identify as victims by submitting the Potential Victim Intake Form linked below.
- How do I know if I’m a potential victim in the Brandon Le case?
Law enforcement has identified a number of the potential victims in the Brandon Le case. Federal agents have reached out to some of these victims in-person, by phone, and are also sending letters to identified minors in the case.
If you have not been contacted by law enforcement, that doesn’t mean you are not a victim. As we continue to investigate the case we are asking individuals to submit the Potential Victim Intake Form linked below if they were contacted by or communicated with Brandon Le.
- Why was the case brought in Michigan?
What if I don’t live in Michigan?
Brandon Le’s alleged exploitation scheme occurred across the United States so a federal case could have been brought in many different places in the country. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan brought this case because an affected minor resides here. The fact that the case was brought in Michigan does not affect your rights as a victim, regardless of where you live.
Potential Victim Intake Form
Anyone who believes they have been harmed by Brandon Le’s alleged criminal actions described above may complete the following form and select “Submit” when completed.
- November 18, 2022. The indictment in this case was unsealed and Brandon Le had an initial appearance in federal court in Florida.
Victim Rights Information:
Pursuant to the Crime Victims’ Rights Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3771, the Department of Justice is required to provide notice to individuals who may have been harmed as a direct result of the criminal offenses of which a defendant has been convicted. In this context, “harmed” is defined broadly and is not limited to monetary loss. This office uses the Victim Notification System (“VNS”) and other methods, including web pages and press releases, to ensure potential victims receive timely notice of public events related to a case. For more information, go to https://www.justice.gov/usao/resources/crime-victims-rights-ombudsman/victims-rights-act
Other federal laws, including the Mandatory Victim Restitution Act (“MVRA”), 18 U.S.C. § 3663A, and 18 U.S.C. § 2259, govern restitution in this case. Restitution is a determination by the judge that a victim is entitled to monetary compensation for losses suffered as a direct result of a crime for which a defendant has been convicted. It is not a guarantee of payment. In accordance with these laws, the judge at sentencing determines who is a victim and in what amount they are entitled to restitution.
Qualifying victims may be entitled to restitution for: medical, psychological, and psychiatric services; necessary transportation, temporary housing, and childcare expenses; lost income; reasonable attorneys’ fees, as well as other costs incurred; and any other relevant losses incurred by the victim proximally caused by the defendant’s crimes. Compensable expenses incurred while participating in the criminal investigation or prosecution or traveling to court proceedings for the case may also be included, such as lost income, childcare, transportation, and other expenses.
Once charges are filed in federal court, victims of the charges filed are entitled to the following rights under the Crime Victims’ Rights Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3771:
- The right to be reasonably protected from the accused;
- The right to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of any public court proceeding, or any parole proceeding, involving the crime or of any release or escape of the accused;
- The right not to be excluded from any such public court proceeding, unless the court, after receiving clear and convincing evidence, determines that testimony by the victim would be materially altered if the victim heard other testimony at that proceeding;
- The right to be reasonably heard at any public proceeding in the district court involving release, plea, sentencing, or any parole proceeding;
- The reasonable right to confer with the attorney for the Government in the case;
- The right to full and timely restitution as provided in law;
- The right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay; and
- The right to be treated with fairness and with respect for the victim’s dignity and privacy.
Please understand that these rights apply only to victims of the counts charged in federal court, and thus some victims may not be able to exercise all of these rights if the crime of which they are a victim was not charged. We will make our best efforts to ensure victims are provided the rights and services to which they are entitled. While our office cannot act as a victim’s attorney or provide a victim with legal advice, a victim can seek the advice of an attorney with respect to the rights above or other related legal matters
- U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Attorney General – Project Safe Childhood: Protecting Children from Online Exploitation and Abuse
- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children – Resources for Survivors of Sexual Abuse Material