Easton Man Pleads Guilty To Child Sex Charges

A 70-year-old Easton man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to sexually exploiting two pre-teen girls to produce child pornography. The plea agreement states two girls under the age of 10 said they had been repeatedly sexually abused by Paul Henry Brown over the course of several months, to include being forced to perform oral sex on Brown. Prosecutors said Talbot County sheriff’s deputies contacted Brown on July 30, 2010, who denied the allegations.

On August 11, 2010, Talbot County deputies executed a search warrant at Brown’s home and seized a digital camera and flash memory card. According to court documents, further investigation revealed that the camera was used to take pictures of the two girls nude, and engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Two CD-Rs also were seized, which prosecutors said contained more than 600 images and many videos of child pornography, including portrayals of sadistic conduct.

Most of the images involved prepubescent girls, court records show. As part of his plea agreement, Brown must register as a sex offender in the place where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. Brown faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years in prison followed by up to a lifetime of supervised release. U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles Jr. has scheduled sentencing for 1 p.m. on April 25.