Sex offender pleads guilty to child porn charges

Published On: Mar 06 2013 04:26:28 PM EST
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

A 56-year-old Yulee man pleaded guilty Wednesday to possessing child pornography.

Mickey Brazzell faces 10 to 20 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, and a potential life term of supervised release. He is also required to forfeit his computer media. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to court documents, Brazzell has a prior conviction for a sexual offense against minor children. He was convicted in state court in Jacksonville on Nov. 6, 2000, of lewd and lascivious conduct.

According to court documents, Brazzell was more recently identified as a possible suspect in a child pornography offense by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. NCMEC referred this matter to the Florida Attorney General's Office in Jacksonville for further investigation.

In June 2010, two AGO investigators made contact with Brazzell at his apartment in Yulee. Among other things, Brazzell admitted to investigators that he had received several images of boys between 12 and 13 years old "having sex on each other." Based upon this and other admissions, investigators seized Brazzell's laptop computer.

On Nov. 23, 2010, Brazzell was arrested by FBI agents and AGO officers at his home in Yulee. During an interview, Brazzell told the agents, among other things, that he was given a computer by a friend, shortly after his other computer was seized, and that he had pornography on the new computer.

Subsequently, agents seized a second desktop computer and other computer media from Brazzell's home. These items were found to contain depictions of child pornography.

About 900 images were recovered from Brazzell's two computers, compact disks and external thumb drive. At least 191 of the images depicted minor children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

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