Ronnie Dean Brown

Ronnie Dean Brown

U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth D. Bell sentenced a North Wilkesboro man to 121 months (a little over 10 years) in prison in federal court in Statesville Wednesday on child pornography charges.

Bell also ordered that Ronnie Dean Brown, 36, be on supervised release for the remainder of his life and that he register as a sex offender upon his release from prison, announced the U.S. attorney's office for the Western District of North Carolina.

Brown pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography in federal court on Oct. 3, 2019.

He is in custody and will be transferred to the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal prison. Federal sentences are served without possibility of parole.

In September 2018, law enforcement became aware that a person, later identified as Brown, was accessing child pornography online, according to court records and statements in court

Law enforcement officers approached Brown at Charlotte Douglas Airport, while he was on his way to Las Vegas, Nev., in October 2018. Court records show Brown refused to cooperate with officers and afterwards contacted his wife, Kelly Brown, instructing her to "get rid of his laptop."

Court records show Kelly Brown then gave the laptop to another individual, who later turned it over to law enforcement officials.

Officers executed a search warrant at Brown's North Wilkesboro residence and seized a computer and portable storage media.

According to court records, a forensic examination of the seized items revealed that Brown possessed more than 4,100 images of children, including infants and toddlers, engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

The records state that some of the child pornography depicted sadistic and masochistic conduct.

Kelly Brown admitted to giving her husband's laptop to another individual, as her husband instructed, in an attempt to prevent law enforcement from seizing it. She further admitted that when she followed Brown's instructions, she and her husband were both aware that law enforcement officers were conducting an investigation into child pornography.

Kelly Brown pleaded guilty to a federal felony offense related to her obstruction of the investigation and is awaiting sentencing.

Homeland Security Investigations and Dets. Nancy Graybeal and Amanda Boyd of the Wilkes County Sheriff's Office conducted the investigation. Agents with the State Bureau of Investigations computer crimes unit also were involved. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alfredo De La Rosa of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Charlotte prosecuted the case.

This case is part of “Project Safe Childhood,” a nationwide initiative launched in 2006 by the U.S. Department of Justice to combat the growing online sexual exploitation of children, stated a press release from the U.S. attorney’s office. “By combining resources, federal, state and local agencies are better able to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue those victims,” the release said.

More details on Project Safe Childhood are at www. projectsafechildhood.gov.

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