SCRANTON—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Jonathan Brownlee, age 42, of Long Pond, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment on November 5, 2020, by U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion for possessing child pornography.
According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Brownlee previously pleaded guilty to using cell phones and laptop computers to access images and videos of child pornography. Brownlee committed the offense between August 2017 and April 2018, in Monroe County. Brownlee committed the offense after having previously been convicted of receiving and distributing child pornography in 2012.
Judge Mannion also ordered Brownlee to serve 10 years on supervised release following his prison sentence, undergo sex offender treatment, and to comply with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Francis P. Sempa prosecuted the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."