William Travis Brown, 39, was charged July 8 in an amended indictment with one count of transporting and one count of possessing child pornography. According to evidence presented during the four-day trial, investigators discovered more than 1,000 images and videos showing the sexual abuse of minors. ICE agents discovered the images and videos during a March 20, 2007, search of Brown's rented house in Georgetown, Ind., and the resulting seizure of his computer and compact discs. In addition, evidence introduced at trial revealed that Brown used different Internet technologies to chat and trade the images with others online.
Brown was tried before U.S. District Court Chief Judge David F. Hamilton. At sentencing, Brown faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum lifetime term of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date has not been scheduled.
The case against Brown is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven D. DeBrota of the Southern District of Indiana and Trial Attorney Bonnie L. Kane of the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS). The case was investigated by ICE, Indiana State Police, CEOS's High Tech Investigative Unit and the FBI.
This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to identify, investigate and arrest those who prey on children, including human traffickers, international sex tourists, Internet pornographers, and foreign national predators whose crimes make them deportable. Launched in July 2003, ICE agents have arrested more than 11,600 individuals through Operation Predator.
ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-347-2423. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators.
Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.