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Child Exploitation
10/17/2013

Child rapist sentenced to more than 12 years for possession of child pornography

SEATTLE – A Washington man with a history of child exploitation was sentenced Thursday to 151 months in prison and 20 years’ supervised release for possession of child pornography.

Conor Ryan Kelly Broderick, 29, of Anacortes, admitted in June to possessing child pornography. More than 100 illicit images were found on digital storage media seized from Broderick by Anacortes police. Investigators confirmed through the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) that several images depicted known child abuse victims. Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) joined the investigation, which led to the filing of federal charges against Broderick.

Broderick, who has three child exploitation convictions including third degree child rape, was arrested by Anacortes police last November. Two women filed police reports claiming Broderick was stalking them and threatening to release their nude photos if they didn’t perform sexual favors. Detectives listening in on Broderick’s jailhouse phone conversations learned he was trying to hide a computer memory card containing child pornography. He asked an acquaintance to remove the card from his computer. It was on that memory card and other digital storage media seized during a search of his home that investigators found child pornography.

In asking for the 151-month sentence, prosecutors called Broderick a sexual predator who cannot control himself, pointing to his previous child exploitation convictions and probation violations. Prosecutors also noted that while he out on bail, Broderick started a "sexting" relationship with a Kentucky girl who identified herself as 14 years old.

This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide HSI initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders and child sex traffickers. HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-347-2423 or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to NCMEC, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-843-5678.

HSI is a founding member and current chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.