Former Scituate man guilty on child porn charges

Former Scituate man guilty on child porn charges

Former Scituate resident Robert Brown Jr., 42, pleaded guilty in federal court in Providence on Tuesday, Aug. 6, to possessing nearly 2,300 images and more than 30 videos depicting child pornography involving children, officials announced.

Appearing before U.S. District Court Judge John McConnell Jr., Brown pleaded guilty as charged in a federal indictment returned in December 2012 to three counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. No plea agreement was filed in the matter.

According to information presented to the court, beginning in September 2009, an undercover FBI agent from the San Diego Division logged on to online programs often used for the sharing of child pornography. The agent was “friended” by Brown and was permitted by the defendant to access his files. On at least three occasions, the FBI agent accessed Brown’s files and downloaded files containing images and videos depicting child pornography.

The investigation revealed that Brown was accessing and sharing the files from an web address subscribed to him at his Scituate residence. In May 2010, FBI agents searched Brown’s residence and seized three laptop computers, 19 hard drives and portable digital storage memory cards, computer disks and thumb drives, a web camera and a digital camera.

A forensic examination of the items seized by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children revealed 2,297 images and 32 videos containing images of known children identified in 80 series of child pornography.

Brown, who is currently free on unsecured bond, is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 23. He faces statutory penalties of a minimum mandatory five years and as many as 20 years in federal prison followed by a mandatory five years of supervised release for distribution of child pornography, and as many as 10 years in prison followed by a mandatory five years of supervised release for possession of child pornography.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John McAdams.