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Feds announce charges against N.Y. man for sexual exploitation of a minor

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Today, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has announced the filing of federal charges against a New York man is charged with one count of attempted sexual exploitation and one count of attempted enticement. According to Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, that Stephen P. Brown, communicated with what he thought was an underage boy through email, and requested sexual favors. Brown was seeking a meeting with the “underage boy” at the Peekskill hotel.

The investigation was conducted by the Internet Crimes against Children Task Force and the Attorney General’s Office, the State Police Computer Crimes Unit, the State Police Liberty and Latham BCI units. Brown has also been charged in other matters related to child pornography when his computer was searched by New York State Police and New York Police department. The computer was found to contain 15 counts of possession of child pornography. Assistant District Attorney James Zaleta said Brown’s computer revealed over 11,000 images of child pornography. According to the complaint, Brown, himself took over a dozen of pictures of a 10-year-old boy, prosecutors said. Brown is also facing state charges in four counties, including Westchester.

According to the complaint, the communications, Brown sent from January 14 to March 4, Brown discussed various sexual acts Brown wished to perform on the boy, he also requested the child provide him with sexually explicit photographs and made a plan to meet the boy in Peekskill for "sexual activity." According to the FBI, Brown knew that he the meeting would be transmitted using means "of interstate and foreign commerce." That action makes it a federal matter.

According to the complaint filed, Brown admitted in a written statement to law enforcement that he had exchanged messages with a boy and discussed meeting him at the hotel to engage in sexual acts, including oral sex. He had also previously also asked for pictures of the boy's genitals. According to the FBI, Brown faces a” minimum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment and a maximum sentence of 30 years’ imprisonment. With respect to the attempted enticement, he faces a minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and a maximum sentence of life. The maximum potential sentences in this case are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendants will be determined by the judge.”

This investigation is ongoing and those who have any information or new details regarding Stephen J. Brown, contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Goshen, New York, at 1-845-615-1700.

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