Nassau County Man Indicted for Child Pornography Offenses
|U.S. Attorney’s Office November 23, 2010|
JACKSONVILLE, FL—United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces the return by a grand jury of an indictment charging Mickey Wayne Brazzell (age 55, of Yulee, Florida) with one count of receipt of child pornography, and one count of possession of child pornography. If convicted on all counts, Brazzell faces a minimum mandatory of five years and a maximum of 30 years in federal prison. The indictment also notifies Brazzell that the United States intends to seek forfeiture of a computer and hard drive, which are alleged to have facilitated the criminal conduct.
According to the indictment, between December 31, 2009 and June 1, 2010, Brazzell received or attempted to receive at least three images of child pornography by computer through the Internet. The indictment further alleges that on June 2, 2010, Brazzell possessed at least 10 images of child pornography on an eMachine brand computer with a Seagate hard drive.
Brazzell was arrested today by agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Florida Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit. He is scheduled to appear in Jacksonville before United States Magistrate Judge James Klindt today at 4:00 p.m.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case is part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a national initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information on Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum’s Child Predator CyberCrime Unit is a member of the FBI Cyber Taskforce in Jacksonville and the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, a federally funded program working nationwide to educate and support law enforcement to stop these crimes. More information on the Florida Attorney General's CyberCrime initiative is available at http://www.myfloridalegal.com.
This case was investigated by agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Florida Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ronald T. Henry.