Friday, July 24, 2009

William Travis Brown Charged with Possession of Child Porn

A 39-year-old Sellersburg man was convicted Thursday by a federal jury of transporting and possessing child pornography from a home he rents in Georgetown, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

William Travis Brown was charged with one count of transportation and one count of possession of child pornography. Those charges were part of an amended indictment filed July 8, the press release states.

More than 1,000 images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of minors were obtained through searches on March 20, 2007, at Brown’s rented house in Georgetown and on his computer and CDs.

The investigation was conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Indiana State Police, the Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section and the FBI.

The trial lasted four days and showed evidence that Brown traded images online with others using different forms of Internet technology and chatting, according to the press release.

Brown faces a minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum lifetime term of supervised release along with a fine of as much as $250,000.

No date has been scheduled yet for sentencing.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven D. DeBrota, of the Southern District of Indiana, and Trial Attorney Bonnie L. Kane, of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section.

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