After that, he’ll be registered as a sex offender, denied access to the Internet, and forbidden from having any contact with a minor. The penalties for possessing child porn vary widely from one case to the next, and depend on specific aspects of the crime: What kind of pictures were involved, and how many were there?This may not sound unreasonable: By collecting images of exploited children, Brown actively participated in their abuse. Did the offender have a prior history of abusing children? Did he use peer-to-peer file-sharing programs to distribute criminal material?All these factors would seem to mitigate his risk to the community.
While he did possess several hundred images of child porn, including those with BDSM content, many were saved to floppy disks, so they were not easily viewed or distributed to others.Brown participated in an online forum for gay necrophiliacs called Cute Dead Guys.net, where users share gruesome photos and discuss their fantasies of death and murder.He might just as well have gone to other message boards devoted to —the fetish for eating or being eaten.(In fact, he never showed much interest in having sex with minors.) Instead, he fantasized about killing kids and eating them. “He would be toss-up between the two,” said Brown.) It was these discussions that so enraged Judge Whittemore.In the set of online chats that led to his arrest, Brown talked through elaborate daydreams of child cannibalism and imagined meals of “awesome tender toddler meat.” In one exchange Brown’s cyberpal envisaged torturing a little boy and said that “he would make a fine Easter feast.” Brown agreed: “Yes, his thighs and butt cheeks would be fantastic for easter.” At other times the chats touched on more disturbing questions of mechanics, like the best way to bind and kill a child. “Perverted is not a strong enough word to describe what you have been engaging in,” said Whittemore at the sentencing, according to a report in the . Unimaginable, that is getting closer.” Brown’s attorney tried to argue that the online chats were irrelevant to the crime of possessing child porn, since they were only role-plays.