WINSTON-SALEM, Nc. (CW69 News at 10)
A man who pleaded guilty to transportation of child pornography was sentenced today to eight years in prison, announced Matthew G.T. Martin, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina.
Brian Robert Ackerman, 39, of Durham, North Carolina, pleaded guilty on December 13, 2019, to one count of transportation of child pornography. He was sentenced by Chief United States Chief District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder to 96 months of imprisonment followed by 15 years of supervised release.
Ackerman came to law enforcement’s attention following a report to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and an illicit chat conversation with an undercover FBI agent, during which Ackerman condoned and encouraged the undercover FBI agent to sexually abuse his purported 9-year-old daughter. Further, Ackerman sent child pornography to at least three individuals: an Orange County woman, the undercover FBI agent, and a person purporting to be a 16 year-old girl. The files depicted the sexual abuse of prepubescent children and at least one toddler. At the time of his arrest, investigators found Ackerman in possession of 41 images and 49 videos depicting child pornography.