A Wilmington man convicted Thursday of more than a dozen child exploitation charges has been sentenced to five to eight years in prison.
Robert Stanley Brown Jr., 39, was found guilty by a New Hanover County jury on 12 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and four counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, according to Assistant District Attorney Lance Oehrlein.
Superior Court Judge Phyllis Gorham sentenced Brown to three consecutive prison sentences, which total five to eight and a quarter years in the N.C. Department of Corrections. He is required to register as a sex offender for 30 years.
“Mr. Brown was charged with duplicating images that depicted child pornography or images of children involved in sexual activity. There was no evidence that he knew the children or he took photos,” Oehrlein said.
The evidence showed that Brown was using Limewire, a peer-to-peer file sharing program, to download pornographic images of 8- to 13-year-old girls from other computers across the internet, Oehrlein said. The offenses took place from 2009 to 2011, Oehrlein said.
Brown was arrested by detectives with the Wilmington Police Department on June 11, 2013.
Christina Haley is a crime and courts reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6337 or firstname.lastname@example.org.