Former Big Brother volunteer sentenced for child porn

Former Big Brother volunteer sentenced for child porn

PROVIDENCE – Robert Brown Jr., 42, a former Scituate resident and a one-time Big Brother volunteer, was sentenced on Thursday, Nov. 21, to five years in federal prison for possessing and distributing child pornography, according to federal officials.

Beginning in September of 2009, an F.B.I. agent from the San Diego Division logged into online file sharing programs often used for the sharing of child pornography. The agent was "friended" by Brown and was permitted by Brown to access and download his files. On at least three occasions, the F.B.I. agent downloaded files containing images and videos depicting child pornography.

According to information presented to the court, the F.B.I. investigation revealed that Brown was accessing and sharing the files from an internet address at his former Scituate residence. In May of 2010, F.B.I. agents executed a search warrant at 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 revealed approximately 13,000 images and 370 videos depicting child pornography. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children identified 2,297 images and 32 videos containing images of known children who were identified in 80 series depicting child pornography.

At sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge John McConnell Jr. also ordered Brown to pay restitution to victims in the amount of $10,500, pay a fine of $17,500, and to serve five years supervised release upon completion of his prison term. Brown pleaded guilty on Aug. 6, 2013, in a federal indictment returned in December of 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.

Brown must surrender to the U.S. Marshals Service on Jan. 7, 2014, when he will begin serving his prison sentence.

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