Las Vegas, Nevada - A 61-year-old man was sentenced Tuesday to 210 months in federal prison after a jury found him guilty of using a file sharing network and the internet to receive and distribute sexually explicit images and videos of children, announced U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada.
Bret Alan Humphries, of Las Vegas, was convicted in August 2018 of one count of receipt and/or distribution of child pornography. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Andrew P. Gordon sentenced Humphries to a lifetime term of supervised release.
Between 2007 and 2012, Humphries downloaded child pornography and used a peer-to-peer file sharing program to share the pornography with others. Agents and Officers with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a search warrant at his residence and seized three devices containing child pornography. After a forensic examination of the devices, law enforcement discovered 71 images and 120 video files depicting pre-pubescent children and toddlers engaged in sexually explicit conduct and being subjected to sado-masochistic sexual abuse. Computer forensics showed that Humphries had been using various file sharing networks to receive and view child pornography since as early as 2007.
The defendant was on pre-trial release pending trial in this case. While on pre-trial supervision, Humphries violated the conditions of his release by possessing a firearm and ammunition, and a portable device having access to the internet.
The case was investigated by the FBI and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Elham Roohani and Christopher Burton prosecuted the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals, federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.