An Ellwood City man charged with disseminating child pornography was paroled Jan. 4, after being sentenced in Butler County court.
Scott E. Brown, 52, was sentenced to 11½ to 23 months in prison followed by two years of probation, and ordered to pay court costs and a $300 fine by President Judge Thomas Doerr.
Doerr paroled Brown immediately after testimony from Dr. Tracy Veri, who supervises sexual offenders for the Butler County Adult Probation Office. She said in the 11 months since Brown was charged he has secured employment and health insurance, which has allowed him to seek treatment, which she said he has been attending regularly.
“He has been cooperating and done everything requested,” she said.
He also was ordered to continue to any counseling recommended by the probation office.
Brown pleaded guilty on Oct. 3 to one felony count of sexual abuse of children by dissemination of photography, before Judge Timothy McCune.
He was initially charged with 56 felony charges, including five counts of sexual abuse of children by dissemination of photographs, 50 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communications facility, stemming from incidents between 2013 and 2014, when Brown lived alone in two adjoining apartments on Perry Highway in Lancaster Township.
State police searched the computers inside Brown’s home in January 2014, after tracing some illegal pornography on the Internet to his computer’s address, and found 51 videos and 166 still images depicting child pornography on one computer and another 22 videos on a USB drive, according to court documents,
Brown, who told investigators that he fixes other people’s computers as a hobby, acknowledged downloading the illegal material from the Internet “quite a few” times and stated, “I know it’s not right to do,” according to the affidavit.
He was arraigned and released on $10,000 unsecured bail.