Registered Wilmington sex offender gets up to 9 years for new child pornography charges

Mark Braun, 32, was sentenced to 69 to 109 months. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy New Hanover Sheriff’s Office)

WILMINGTON — A Wilmington man who was already registered as a sex offender pled guilty to 32 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor in New Hanover County Superior Court on Thursday.

Mark Braun, 56, was sentenced to 69 to 109 months in the Department of Adult Correction and will be required to register as a sex offender for life after his release, according to a release from District Attorney Ben David’s office.

His online activities came to light in August 2019, when a U.S. Department of Homeland Security agent discovered a local IP address being used to share images of child sexual exploitation.


“Additional investigation traced the IP address back to the defendant’s house,” according to David’s office.

The agent worked in conjunction with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office to execute a search warrant at Braun’s address, where multiple computers were seized. He was arrested on October 25, according to New Hanover Sheriff’s records.

“Forensic examination of those computers found evidence that the defendant both downloaded and possessed multiple images and videos of child sexual exploitation,” according to the release.

Braun was arrested at his home on Sierra Drive, near Masonboro Loop Road, and held under a $100,000 bond, according to WECT.

On Thursday Braun pled guilty to one count of Second Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and 31 counts of Third Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. He was sentenced by the Hon. Frank Jones.

In 2008, Braun was convicted in Portage County, Wisconsin for possession of child pornography.

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