Published: 10/24/2019 12:00:00 PM
SPRINGFIELD — A Ware man pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to charges of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation of a child.
Walter Brown, 74, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation of a child, one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and two counts of sex trafficking, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Earlier this month, co-defendant Claire Poole, 41, of Monson, pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to similar sex trafficking charges and was sentenced to 8 to 8 ½ years in prison. She had previously received a federal sentence for 10 ½ years on charges of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and sex trafficking.
Poole facilitated the sexual relationship between Brown and a teenage girl known to her. Brown had asked the girl to provide pornographic videos and to have sex with him on two occasions, with Poole acting as the go-between.
Poole conveyed the initial offer to the girl, allowed the girl to use her cell phone to record the videos and drove the girl to Brown’s house in Ware for sex on two separate occasions.
The sex trafficking charges call for a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years and up to a lifetime in prison and a minimum of five years and a maximum of a lifetime of supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston. The child sexual exploitation charges provide for a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years and up to 30 years in prison, and a minimum of five years and up to a lifetime of supervised release.
U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni scheduled Brown’s sentencing for Jan. 22, 2020.
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