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Child Exploitation
06/19/2012

Mississippi man receives 60 years for creation, distribution of child porn

OXFORD, Miss. — A Potts Camp man was sentenced Friday to 60 years in prison for charges related to the creation, distribution and possession of child pornography, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Brian Robinson, 30, pleaded guilty in January to three counts of an indictment outlining the charges. He was ordered to serve 30 years for the charge of creation of child pornography, 20 years for the charge of distribution and transmission of child pornography and 10 years for the charge of possession of child pornography. Each of those sentences is to run consecutively, for a total of 60 years in prison.

"No crime touches us as law enforcement agents and as parents more deeply than the abuse of innocent children by the people they trust most," said Raymond R. Parmer Jr., special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New Orleans. "Child pornography, when it is released onto the Internet, lives on forever. It haunts the children depicted in it, who live daily with the knowledge that countless strangers use an image of their worst experiences for their own gratification."

At his plea hearing, Robinson admitted to creating various forms of child pornography with his then 5- and 6-year-old son and distributing it to others both inside and outside of the United States.

Robinson's prosecution is the result of a large-scale, ongoing, international investigation by HSI that has, to date, resulted in the arrest of 33 individuals, including eight within the United States, and the identification of 138 child victims.

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-DHS-2ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators.