A man who allegedly attempted to meet an undercover agent acting as an 11-year-old boy at a Westchester hotel was sentenced to more than 24 years in prison for attempting to lure a child into having sex, announced Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, Thursday.
Stephen P. Brown, 64, of Manhattan engaged in sexually explicit online communications with a New York State Police Investigator who was acting in an undercover capacity and posing as the boy between January 14, 2014 and March 4, 2014, Bharara said in a statement.
During those communications, Brown discussed various sexual acts he wished to perform on the boy, requested that the boy provide Brown with sexually explicit photographs of himself, and made a plan to meet the boy in a Peekskill hotel for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity, Bharara said.
Bronx was arrested in Westchester when he arrived at the designated meeting place to meet the boy. After his arrest, he admitted, among other things, that he had exchanged emails and instant messages with a boy and discussed meeting the boy to engage in sexual acts, according to Bharara.
A computer consultant, Brown worked from 1998-2000 in the Bronx-based Fieldston School's technology department.
Brown admitted that he asked the boy for sexually explicit photos and that he wanted such photos, according to Bharara. Brown stated that he brought his camera to the hotel because he intended to take sexually explicit photos of the boy, Bharara said.
After his arrest, a search of Brown's home revealed Brown's possession of thousands of images and videos of child pornography. The investigation also revealed that, over the last 30 years, Brown sexually abused four boys, according to Bharara.
“This case underlines the urgent and serious need for law enforcement to continue its efforts to protect vulnerable children from those who seek to prey on them," Bharara said.
Brown was also ordered to pay a $50,000 fine.
Bharara praised the efforts of the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office and the Rockland County Computer Crimes Task Force, as well as other agencies, in connection with the investigation.
The prosecution is being handled by the Office’s White Plains Division.
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