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Former Boy Scout leader indicted on child pornography charges

ORLANDO, Fla. - An indictment unsealed in federal court on May 6 charged Adam Lee Brigham, 26, of Valkaria, Fla., with four counts of production of child pornography, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Brevard County Sheriff's Office.

During Brigham's detention hearing, the court was notified that he has been a leader with the Boy Scouts in Brevard County.

If convicted, Brigham faces up 30 years in federal prison on each count.

"Through partnerships like the ones we have with the Brevard County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Attorney's Office, we will continue to vigorously investigate child exploitation cases like this one," said Sue McCormick, special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations overseeing Brevard County.

According to the indictment, on Jan. 19 and 21 and on Feb.1 and 23, Brigham caused a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct to produce child pornography.

The indictment also notifies Brigham that the United States intends to seek forfeiture of assets allegedly traceable to the offense.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Carlos Perez.

The investigation that led to this case 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 12,800 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.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U. S. attorneys' offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov.