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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Blue Springs Man Sentenced for Amassing Thousands of Child Porn Images

Project Safe Childhood

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Blue Springs, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for downloading thousands of images and videos of child pornography, which he made available to share over the Internet.

 

Randall R. Brooks, 58, of Blue Springs, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple to five years in federal prison without parole.

 

On Oct. 19, 2015, Brooks pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography over the Internet.

 

An FBI task force officer was conducting an investigation in January 2014 into computers that had been identified as possibly sharing images of child pornography through a peer-to-peer file-sharing network. The officer downloaded multiple videos of child pornography from Brooks’s computer. Officers executed a search warrant at Brooks’s residence on March 14, 2014, and seized a desktop computer, a laptop computer and five hard drives.

 

Brooks admitted to investigators that he searched for and downloaded images of child pornography over the Internet. He also admitted that his computer shared those images through a peer-to-peer file-sharing network.

 

Examiners found approximately 1,324 photos and 387 videos that contained child pornography on Brooks’s computer. A recurring theme in many of the images and videos in his collection was the graphic depiction of the rape and sodomy of prepubescent boys and girls, some as young as toddlers, by adult men. Images found in Brooks’s collection also included adults engaging in sexual acts with physically restrained prepubescent minors as well as depictions of minors engaging in bestiality.

 

According to court documents, Brooks also engaged in online fantasy chats with what appeared to be minor children or adults posing as minor children.

 

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Luna. It was investigated by the FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force and the Blue Springs, Mo., Police Department.

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Updated March 8, 2016