GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — According to a news release 36-year-old Floyd Andrew Brown, Jr., of Lyons Michigan was sentenced to 720 months (60 years) in federal prison for producing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles, Jr. announced on November 22. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Robert Holmes Bell imposed a lifetime term of supervised release that will commence once Brown is released from imprisonment. Brown will also be required to register as a sexual offender.
The case came to the attention of law enforcement in late 2012, when Brown printed a pornographic image of a minor at a department store. An attentive store employee called the police. Police interviewed Brown and executed search warrants at his residence, where they recovered a substantial amount of child pornography and other evidence. The investigation revealed that Brown had been sexually abusing young girls and producing child pornography at his home and elsewhere. Brown was taken into custody in December 2012, and he pleaded guilty to two counts of producing child pornography in July 2013. He admitted at the plea hearing that he had sexually abused young girls and had produced child pornography videos and images of that conduct. He further admitted that he had sexually exploited five female victims aged 12 and under. He also admitted to possessing additional child pornography.
This case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, county prosecutor’s offices, the Internet Crimes Against Children task force (ICAC), federal, state, and local law enforcement are working closely together to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children. The partners in Project Safe Childhood work to educate local communities about the dangers of online child exploitation, and to teach children how to protect themselves. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit the following web site: www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
Individuals with information or concerns about possible child exploitation should contact local law enforcement officials.