Frederick County Man Pleads Guilty to Sexually Abusing Two Minor Girls to Produce Child Pornography | USAO-MD

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Baltimore, Maryland – William Brown IV, age 41, of New Market, Maryland, pleaded responsible right this moment to two counts of manufacturing of kid pornography involving two minor feminine victims.

The responsible plea was introduced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Special Agent in Charge James R. Mancuso of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Baltimore; Frederick County Sheriff Charles A. “Chuck” Jenkins; and Frederick County State’s Attorney J. Charles Smith III.

According to his responsible plea, starting in August 2019 and persevering with till January 2020, Brown repeatedly documented his sexual abuse of Jane Doe 1 by taking pictures and movies of the sexual abuse.  Brown additionally posed as GG, an grownup movie actor, and as a teenage boy to repeatedly coerce Jane Doe 1 to ship him pictures of herself partaking in sexually express conduct by means of an Internet utility, which she did.  Brown additionally admitted producing sexually express photographs of Jane Doe 2 over a two-year interval, once more posing as GG, and by putting in a covert digital camera in a toilet utilized by Jane Doe 2.

Specifically, as detailed within the plea settlement, in the summertime of 2019, whereas posing as a teenage boy, Brown met Jane Doe 1 on-line, and started a relationship together with her that included the change of sexually express pictures.  Brown despatched Jane Doe 1 pictures of a teenage boy engaged in sexually express conduct that he had acquired on-line and coerced Jane Doe 1 to ship sexually express pictures of herself.  Brown once more contacted Jane Doe 1 on-line posing as GG—an grownup movie actor and musician who resides in Miami, Florida.  Brown repeatedly despatched Jane Doe 1 sexually express pictures of GG that he had beforehand obtained on the Internet and coerced Jane Doe 1 to ship him sexually express pictures of herself by way of the Internet utility.

Jane Doe 1 ultimately found that Brown was posing as a teenage boy and Brown disclosed his age and true identification to her.  Brown and Jane Doe 1 ultimately met in particular person.  Beginning in September 2019 Brown met Jane Doe 1 roughly 4 occasions per week to have interaction in unlawful sexual conduct at places in Frederick County, Maryland, together with, Brown’s house, Brown’s van, and Jane Doe 1’s house.  Brown would steadily use his cellular telephone to take pictures and movies of his abuse of Jane Doe 1.

Brown admitted that he coerced Jane Doe 1 to ship him sexually express pictures and movies of herself and would ship her depictions of himself masturbating.  Brown additionally used a web based video-teleconference system to view live-stream video of Jane Doe 1 partaking in sexually express conduct.  Brown supplied Jane Doe 1 with intercourse toys, lingerie, and a cellphone to use to talk with him with out her mother and father’ information.  Without Jane Doe 1’s information or consent, Brown used on-line monitoring instruments to monitor Jane Doe 1’s exercise on-line and seize screenshots and movies of her exercise, together with any communications she had with others regarding him or GG.

According to his plea settlement, Brown, once more posing as GG, met Jane Doe 2 on-line when she was roughly 12-13 years previous.  Over a interval of years, Brown, posing as GG, coerced Jane Doe 2 to ship him sexually express pictures of herself.  On a number of events, Brown, posing as GG, supplied Jane Doe 2 with money in change for sending him sexually express pictures, which he hid at his residence.  Posing as GG, Brown additionally despatched Jane Doe 2 numerous sex-related objects within the mail, together with lingerie, intercourse toys, and a DVD containing grownup pornography.  Between June 2018 and September 2019, Brown put in a covert digital camera in a toilet utilized by Jane Doe 2 with out her information, which captured photographs of Jane Doe 2 nude.  Brown ultimately downloaded these photographs to his smartphone.  As he had with Jane Doe 1, Brown additionally used a web based monitoring device, with out Jane Doe 2’s information or consent, to monitor her exercise on-line and seize screenshots and movies of her exercise, together with any communications she had with GG or others.

On February 3, 2020, legislation enforcement arrested Brown and executed a search and seizure warrant at his residence.  On February 4, 2020, legislation enforcement executed a second search and seizure warrant on the residence.  During the execution of the warrants, legislation enforcement seized, amongst different issues, a private laptop, Brown’s work laptop, a smartphone, and a tough drive which was hidden inside a hollowed-out e book. 

The seized objects have been forensically examined.  The cellphone, private and work computer systems have been discovered to comprise depictions of Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2 engaged in sexually express conduct.  The private laptop and cellphone additionally contained screenshots of conversations between Brown, posing as GG, and Jane Doe 1 and quite a few artifacts from the communication and monitoring purposes.  Brown’s cellphone additionally mirrored that Brown had repeatedly accessed GG’s webpage to get hold of nude pictures of GG, in addition to different websites referring to GG, and websites relating to catfishing—i.e., making a fictitious on-line persona on social media to goal a selected sufferer.  Finally, the laborious drive, which was hidden inside a hollowed-out e book at Brown’s residence, contained roughly 100 photographs of minors, together with prepubescent minors, engaged in sexually express conduct. 
Brown additionally admitted that he tried to hinder justice by writing a letter to one of many victims, after his arrest, in an effort to affect her potential testimony in reference to this matter.

Brown and the federal government have agreed that, if the Court accepts the plea settlement, Brown can be sentenced to between 18 years and 27 years in federal jail.  U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake has scheduled sentencing for March 4, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

This case was introduced as a part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to fight the rising epidemic of kid sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and native assets to find, apprehend, and prosecute people who sexually exploit youngsters, and to establish and rescue victims. For extra details about Project Safe Childhood, please go to www.justice.gov/psc.  For extra details about Internet security schooling, please go to www.justice.gov/psc and click on on the “Resources” tab on the left of the web page.         

United States Attorney Erek L. Barron counseled the HSI, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, and the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office for his or her work within the investigation and prosecution.  Mr. Barron thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul A. Riley and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Joyce King, who’re prosecuting the federal case.

For extra data on the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office, its priorities, and assets obtainable to assist the neighborhood, please go to www.justice.gov/usao-md/project-safe-childhood and https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/community-outreach.

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