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Mesquite man pleads guilty to child porn charge

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Posted at 2:10 PM, Dec 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-29 17:10:56-05

A Mesquite man who has a prior felony conviction for child molestation pleaded guilty Tuesday to receiving child pornography in federal court.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Brian Michael Brewer, 37, had uploaded images of child pornography onto the Internet and possessed thousands of images and videos of child pornography, including child rape.

Brewer is scheduled to be sentenced on March 22 and faces 15 to 40 years in prison and lifetime supervised release.

According to the court records, in July 2015, an Internet application business notified the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that one of their users with a Nevada internet address had uploaded images of suspected child pornography to their online bulletin board site, Padlet. The center notified the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and a detective with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force began investigating the matter.

It was determined that Brewer, a registered sex offender, was residing at the Mesquite address from where the pornography uploads were originating. Investigators executed a search warrant at the home on Sept. 23 and recovered a laptop computer and thumb drive from Brewer’s bedroom.

A forensic investigation revealed that nearly 10,000 images and 288 videos of child pornography were stored on the laptop and thumb drive, including images and videos of prepubescent children who were being raped by adult men and which portrayed sadistic, masochistic and violent conduct.

Brewer has a prior felony conviction for child molestation in the state of Washington for sexually molesting a 7-year-old girl.