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GREAT FALLS — A Box Elder man who admitted having sex with a minor girl and to recording the activity on his cell phone was sentenced today to 10 years in prison and five years of supervised release, U.S.  Attorney Kurt Alme said.

Christopher Brown, 32, pleaded guilty in June to possession of child pornography and to sexual abuse of a minor.

Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided.

“The defendant not only subjected this child to repeated sexual abuse for his own gratification, but he also filmed the act of exploiting the child for his own gratification. The sentence in this case should serve as a warning that those who traumatize our children will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” U.S. Attorney Alme said.

The prosecution said in court documents that from July 2018 to January 2020, Brown had sex with a minor girl on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation. On Jan. 2, 2020, Brown video recorded himself having sex with the victim and kept that video on his cell phone. Brown began messaging the victim on social media when she was 11 years old.  

In an interview with the FBI, Brown admitted he had been in a sexual relationship with the victim since 2018 and had had intercourse with her six times. Brown also admitted to making a video of a recent sexual encounter with the victim and that the video was on his cell phone.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Cobell prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI and Chippewa Cree Law Enforcement Services.

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