Police say that a 20 year old Gibsonton, Florida man is now under Federal Charges of Distribution of Child Pornography after he tweeted pornographic images of children to a local news anchor.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">CHILD PORN BUST: Man used fake Twitter accounts to send child pornography! smh. <a href="https://t.co/nq19iPbkgF">https://t.co/nq19iPbkgF</a> <a href="https://t.co/Db4iiMwq1c">https://t.co/Db4iiMwq1c</a></p>— wendy (@anchorwendyryan) <a href="https://twitter.com/anchorwendyryan/status/900145579183005697">August 23, 2017</a></blockquote>
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Law enforcement say that Marchaun Browning was federally indicted and charged with distribution and possession of child pornography after the incident.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said during a Tuesday press conference that detectives began their investigation into the pedophile back in June.
The Sheriff’s Office heads the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for the region in Florida.
In the first incident which prosecutors say occurred, the victim was a Bay News 9 news anchor whose identity was not released, and she later blocked the Twitter account after being tagged in child porn images.
That didn't stop the pedo though, Browning continued to tweet her multiple child porn images using four alt-accounts, according to prosecutors.
According to investigators the suspect then followed and tweeted the images to a local television station on Twitter.
Through cooperation with Twitter detectives discovered the IP address and travel it back to a Gibsonton home address, and then notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Polk County Sheriff’s Detectives said they then issued a search warrant at Browning’s home, where a total of 163 child porn images were found on his electronic devices.
The FBI then issued a warrant for his personal Twitter accounts, in which Twitter complied and serviced, and another 35 child porn images were found between all four accounts.
The findings were later brought to a federal grand jury which returned an indictment on August 16th.
Soon after Browning was taken into custody on August 18th, but has since bonded out.
Browning is facing similar charges in Virginia as well, and now the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, coordinated by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, has led to a federal grand jury indictment against Marchaun Browning on three counts of distribution and one count of possession of child pornography.
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