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Man gets 60 years in porn case

January 30, 2013
By TIM FONDA , The Leader Herald

DOLGEVILLE - A 33-year-old Fulton County man who made pornographic photos and videos of children was sentenced to 60 years in prison Tuesday by a U.S. District Court judge.

Nathan Brown, whose address previously was reported as County Highway 151 in Dolgeville, also was ordered to pay restitution to his victims, forfeit computer equipment, have no unsupervised contact with minors, and to register with the New York State Sex Offender Registry Program, according to a news release.

Between January 2010 and November 2011, Brown produced still images and videos of three children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, the news release said.

On March 9, investigators searched Brown's Dolgeville residence and found child pornography photos and videos he produced, authorities said. In addition, authorities found 150,000 still images and 1,500 videos containing child pornography on Brown's computers. The images and videos depicted children from throughout the nation, authorities said.

"Protecting children from dangerous sexual predators is one of [Homeland Security Investigations'] highest priorities," Nick DiNicola, assistant special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations, said in the news release. "Even commercial child pornography is not a victimless crime. Such crimes prey on the most vulnerable and innocent segment of society - our children."

Brown pleaded guilty in June, admitting to producing videos and photos of three girls between ages 8 and 11. He pleaded guilty to three counts of producing child pornography and two counts of possessing child pornography.

Brown admitted he used smartphones to make the videos and photos, according to the Department of Justice. The videos and still images were produced in either a trailer home in Fulton County or in a hotel room in Warren County, the Department of Justice previously reported.

Brown acquired the thousands of child pornography still images and videos via the Internet, authorities previously said.

Brown was arrested March 9 and later was indicted on felony charges.

Rick Belliss, assistant U.S. attorney, previously said authorities tracked down Brown after one of the images of one of the victims was identified on a child pornography website. The victim was traced to a residence in Fulton County, Belliss said.

Belliss said Brown knew his victims because he "had connections" with the victims' family members.

John Duncan, assistant U.S. attorney for the Department of Justice, said today Brown's 60-year sentence "would be among the higher sentences imposed" for a child pornography crime. However, he said some sentences have exceeded 60 years in prison in similar cases.

"Congress has made for some substantial penalties" in child pornography cases, he said.

He said Brown would have to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before he'd be eligible for release. Brown then would be supervised for the rest of his life, Duncan said.

Duncan said the amount of restitution to be paid by Brown will be determined in a later court order.

Brown was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Gary L. Sharpe in Albany.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2006 to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.

 
 

 

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