Timothy Brehmer, 35, of Broadalbin, N.Y., has been charged. On or about Dec. 6, 2011, Brehmer knowingly possessed images of child pornography. If found guilty, he faces up to ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Brehmer made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge David R. Homer on Dec. 8. He was released on conditions pending his preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 27.
This investigation is part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE 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. ICE HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE 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 the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Belliss is prosecuting this case on behalf of the U.S. government.