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Dolgeville man gets 60 years on child porn plea

Brown admitted to producing, having videos, still images

January 29, 2013
Updated 11:26 p.m.
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— A Dolgeville man who admitted to producing and possessing child pornography — producing some in a mobile home in Fulton County — was sentenced Tuesday to 60 years in federal prison.

Nathan Brown, 33, pleaded guilty last summer in U.S. District Court in Albany to three counts of producing and two counts of possessing child pornography.

Brown admitted to producing videos and still images using various smartphones between 2010 and 2011. The victims were between the ages of 8 and 11 at the time the images were produced, officials have said.

In all, he was accused of producing child pornography related to three separate victims, Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Spina said. He was also accused of secretly videotaping four other children undressing.

At least one of the produced images made it onto the Internet, Spina said. It was that image, spotted by a federal investigator, that helped lead investigators to Brown and the victims. Spina called the effort “outstanding investigative work.”

The videos and still images were produced in a trailer in Fulton County and a hotel room in Warren County, officials said.

In court Tuesday, several parents and other relatives of the victims spoke, Spina said. The children continue to have difficulty dealing with what happened. They have issues at school and with trust. They also experience nightmares, the parents relayed.

Chief Judge Gary L. Sharpe then sentenced Brown to three consecutive 20-year terms. Brown faced a minimum of 15 years in federal prison.

Tuesday’s sentence appears to leave open the possibility of an appeal on the total time. Brown’s plea deal allowed for an appeal of the sentence if he received more than 33 years, 9 months.

Brown also admitted possessing at his Dolgeville home thousands of still images and video that he acquired over the Internet since the late 1990s, officials said.

Federal agents with a warrant searched his home March 9, 2012, and seized computers on which they said they found more than 150,000 images of child pornography and 1,500 videos, prosecutors said.

An investigator from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement identified one of the images produced by Brown on a child pornography website and began trying to identify the victim, prosecutors said. Through the information available, investigators were led to the victim in Fulton County and to Brown in a matter of weeks, prosecutors said.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide program launched by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2006 to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. It was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, along with state police, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the Customs & Border Protection Air Branch in Plattsburgh and Homeland Security’s Cyber Crimes Center.

 
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