POSTED: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 5:33pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 9:39pm
Some children involved in videos were under the age of 12
Beaumont, TX (KETK) — United States Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a Beaumont, Texas man has been sentenced for a charge of possession of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors.
Bradlan Darrick Mills, 26, was sentenced to 120 months imprisonment today during a hearing before United States District Judge Thad Heartfield. Mills had pleaded guilty to the charge on January 17, 2013.
According to information presented in court, in late July, 2011, federal and local agents executed a search warrant at Mills’ residence. During the search, several computers and digital media storage was seized. Forensic review of the items revealed 525 images and 6 videos of child pornography, some of which would be considered sadistic or masochistic. Some of the images depicted prepubescent minors under the age of 12.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov .
This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and prosecuted by Assistant United States Chris Tortorice.