Million Dollar Bond Set In Child Porn Case
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JASON C. BROCKMAN

Bond was set at $1 million last week for a local man allegedly involved in child pornography.

Jason Charles Brockman, 2676 Burt Burgen Road, Woodbury, was charged with five counts of Aggravated Sexual Exploitation Of A Minor. Bond for each of the five counts is $200,000.

Brockman was taken into custody on Feb. 6. He reportedly fled the state after the initial investigation began.

Cannon County Sheriff's Investigator Anthony Young is conducting the investigation, which began in late December of last year.

According to the five arrest warrants obtained by Investigator Young, "on or about 30 December 2011, (Brockman) did have in his possession over 100 images, pictures, drawings, photographs or videos with minors engaged in sexual activity or simulated sexual activity that is patently offensive."

Investigator Young took out the arrest warrants against Brockman on Jan. 6 of this year. They were served on him on Feb. 7.

There is a possibility Brockman could face additional charges in relation to the case as the possession and transmission of child pornography is a federal crime.

It is not known at this time whether the images or videos contained pictures of local children, or how Brockman came to possess them.

Brockman has already hired an attorney, Jeff Cherry of Wilson County. Cherry requested a preliminary hearing for his client during Cannon County General Sessions Court on Feb. 7. Judge Susan Melton scheduled it for Feb. 21.

According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, under federal law (18 U.S.C. §2256), child pornography is defined as any visual depiction, including any photograph, film, video, picture, or computer or computer-generated image or picture, whether made or produced by electronic, mechanical, or other means, of sexually explicit conduct, where:

• the production of the visual depiction involves the use of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct; or

• the visual depiction is a digital image, computer image, or computer-generated image that is, or is indistinguishable from, that of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct; or

• the visual depiction has been created, adapted, or modified to appear that an identifiable minor is engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Federal law (18 U.S.C. §1466A) also criminalizes knowingly producing, distributing, receiving, or possessing with intent to distribute, a visual depiction of any kind, including a drawing, cartoon, sculpture or painting, that:

• depicts a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct and is obscene, or

• depicts an image that is, or appears to be, of a minor engaging in graphic bestiality, sadistic or masochistic abuse, or sexual intercourse, including genital-genital, oral-genital, anal-genital, or oral-anal, whether between persons of the same or opposite sex and such depiction lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.

Sexually explicit conduct is defined under federal law (18 U.S.C. §2256) as actual or simulated sexual intercourse (including genital-genital, oral-genital, anal-genital, or oral-anal, whether between persons of the same or opposite sex), bestiality, masturbation, sadistic or masochistic abuse, or lascivious exhibition of the genitals or pubic area of any person.

Who Is a Minor?

For purposes of enforcing the federal law (18 U.S.C. §2256), "minor" is defined as a person under the age of 18.

Is Child Pornography a Crime?

Yes, it is a federal crime to knowingly possess, manufacture, distribute, or access with intent to view child pornography (18 U.S.C. §2252).  In addition, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have laws criminalizing the possession, manufacture, and distribution of child pornography.  As a result, a person who violates these laws may face federal and/or state charges. 

Where Is Child Pornography Predominantly Found?

Child pornography exists in multiple formats including print media, videotape, film, CD-ROM, or DVD.  It is transmitted on various platforms within the Internet including newsgroups, Internet Relay Chat (chatrooms), Instant Message, File Transfer Protocol, e-mail, websites, and peer-to-peer technology.

What Motivates People Who Possess Child Pornography?

Limited research about the motivations of people who possess child pornography suggests that child pornography possessors are a diverse group, including people who are:
 
o sexually interested in prepubescent children or young adolescents, who use child pornography for sexual fantasy and gratification

o sexually "indiscriminate," meaning they are constantly looking for new and different sexual stimuli

o sexually curious, downloading a few images to satisfy that curiosity

o interested in profiting financially by selling images or setting up web sites requiring payment for access

Who Possesses Child Pornography?

It is difficult to describe a "typical" child pornography possessor because there is not just one type of person who commits this crime. 

In a study of 1,713 people arrested for the possession of child pornography in a 1-year period, the possessors ran the gamut in terms of income, education level, marital status, and age.  Virtually all of those who were arrested were men, 91% were white, and most were unmarried at the time of their crime, either because they had never married (41%) or because they were separated, divorced, or widowed (21%).

Forty percent (40%) of those arrested were "dual offenders," who sexually victimized children and possessed child pornography, with both crimes discovered in the same investigation. An additional 15% were dual offenders who attempted to sexually victimize children by soliciting undercover investigators who posed online as minors.

Who Produces Child Pornography?

Based on information provided by law enforcement to NCMEC's Child Victim Identification Program, more than half of the child victims were abused by someone who had legitimate access to them such as parents, other relatives, neighborhood/family friends, babysitters, and coaches. 

What is the Nature of These Images?

The content in these illegal images varies from exposure of genitalia to graphic sexual abuse, such as penetration by objects, anal penetration, and bestiality.

Of the child pornography victims identified by law enforcement, 42% appear to be pubescent, 52% appear to be prepubescent, and 6% appear to be infants or toddlers.

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