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

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Elmira Man Sentenced On Child Pornography Charges

CONTACT:  Barbara Burns
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Howard Edward Brooks, 40, of Elmira, NY, who was convicted of receipt, attempted distribution, and four counts of possession of child pornography involving prepubescent minors, was sentenced to 84 months in prison and 10 years of supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge David G. Larimer. The defendant must also register as a sex offender.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig R. Gestring, who handled the case, stated that Brooks, a former teacher at the Elmira Christian Academy, was arrested in August of 2015 following the execution of a federal search warrant at his Elmira residence. During that search, FBI Agents found several digital items containing photos and videos of children as young as toddlers being raped.

When FBI Agents arrived to execute the search warrant, Brooks tried to flush several thumb drives down the toilet. The defendant stated that he did so because he saw the FBI in his driveway and knew the thumb drives contained child pornography. However, the thumb drives were recovered from the sewer under Brooks’ residence with the assistance of the Chemung County Department of Public Works. Those thumb drives were then forensically analyzed and hundreds of child pornography videos were recovered from each.  

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert.

Updated May 9, 2018