St. Francois County Man Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Felony in Federal Court

(St. Louis) A St. Francois County man pleaded guilty yesterday (wednesday) at the federal courthouse in St. Louis to his third child pornography offense.

He now faces at least 15 years in prison.

50-year-old James D. Brewer of Park Hills, pleaded guilty to the felony of receiving child pornography.

As part of his plea, Brewer acknowledged that he was also convicted of distribution of child porn in a 1997 case and possession of child porn in a 2008 case.

Brewer was sentenced to ten years in prison and given a lifetime term of supervised release in the 2008 case.

One of the conditions of Brewer’s supervised release is he be subject to a search when reasonable suspicion exists that he violated a condition of his supervision.

A news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office says after U.S. probation officers received information that Brewer bought a laptop at a pawn shop, they conducted an unannounced home visit back on March 1st of this year.

They found the computer and also spotted a smart phone, U.S.B. drives, a smart watch and a cell phone.

Brewer admitted downloading child sexual abuse material on his phone and stored it on one of the drives.

Thousands of images containing child porn were found on the phone, the drive and one hard drive.

Brewer faces a mandatory minimum prison term of 15 years at his sentencing which is scheduled for March 14th.