Riverside Man Sentenced on Child Pornography Charges
A Riverside man was sentenced on October 15 to 11 years in federal prison without parole for sharing child pornography over the internet. According to the United States Attorney's Office, 36-year-old Christopher G. Brenner admitted last October that he used a peer-to-peer file-sharing network to share videos and images of child pornography. Brenner was arrested after an undercover federal agent identified Brenner’s computer and downloaded three videos of child pornography, including videos described as "particularly graphic" and "extremely violent."
A Riverside, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for sharing child pornography over the internet.
Christopher G. Brenner, 36, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to 11 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Brenner to a lifetime of supervised release following incarceration.
On Oct. 25, 2017, Brenner pleaded guilty to attempting to distribute child pornography over the internet. Brenner admitted that he used a peer-to-peer file-sharing network to share videos and images of child pornography. An undercover federal agent identified Brenner’s computer and downloaded three videos of child pornography, including particularly graphic and extremely violent videos, one of which was a 39-minute compilation of video clips. Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Brenner’s residence on May 15, 2013, and seized a desktop computer and electronic media.
Investigators determined that Brenner’s electronic media contained 46 images and 27 videos of child pornography, including a video of a baby being sexually assaulted. There was also evidence of additional downloads of child pornography, and indications that Brenner had logged into a website known to contain child pornography.
After Brenner’s arrest, he violated the conditions of his pretrial release by accessing the internet to search terms associated with child pornography. Brenner’s bond was revoked in June 2017 and he has been detained in federal custody since then.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Catherine A. Connelly. It was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
Project Safe Childhood
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc . For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."