ICE HSI investigation results in 15 year-sentence for child exploitation

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September 14, 2021Knoxville, TN, United StatesChild Exploitation

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — An east Tennessee man received a lengthy federal prison sentence after pleading guilty to advertising child pornography on the internet, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). 

The announcement was made by HSI Nashville Special Agent in Charge Jerry C. Templet, Jr., and the acting U.S. Attorney for the eastern district of Tennessee.

“Each year, millions of children fall prey to online sexual predators,” said Templet. “It is imperative that we continue to work with our law enforcement partners to protect these vulnerable children from victimization, and ensure perpetrators are punished for their heinous crimes.”

The case was jointly investigated by HSI and the Knoxville Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit.

According to the plea agreement, Daniel Logan Brown, 24, admitted to advertising child pornography by circulating hyperlinks to online data storage accounts containing thousands of files of child pornography for others to download.

Upon his release from prison, Brown will be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for 10 years and required to register with the state sex offender registry in any state in which he lives, works, or attends school. Additionally, he was ordered to pay $60,000 in restitution to victims of his crime.

HSI is a directorate of ICE and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel, and finance move.

HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 special agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

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