A Kennewick man has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for distributing child pornography.
Brandon Gregory Wilder, 21, pleaded guilty July 23 following an online undercover investigation by the U.S. Secret Service to identify people possessing and distributing child pornography on the internet. The investigation targeted people using peer to peer, or P2P, file sharing networks to make a portion of their computer files directly accessible to other network participants.
On April 4, 2012, a search warrant was executed at Wilder’s home and found 237 videos and 64 still images of child pornography, according to a plea agreement. Some of the videos depicted minors in bondage and some were of boys under the age of 12.Wilder said he had not taken pornographic pictures of children, but that he had been sent images, including from people who had sent him photos of themselves, according to a plea agreement.
Wilder met one of the victims, a 12-year-old boy living in Washington, while playing video games on Xbox live and later communicated with him on Facebook and by phone. Wilder admitted asking for pornographic photos of the boy and receiving them in 2012.
He met another of the victims, who lived in Yakima, on Facebook in 2010 and they mutually shared nude photos, according to the plea agreement.
In another case he convinced a 13-year-old boy in the United Kingdom to send him a pornographic video, according to the plea agreement.
U.S. Judge Ed Shea ordered a life term of court supervision for Wilder after he completes his prison term.
The case was pursued as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse, according to a statement from the Spokane U.S. attorney’s office.