TAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10)– U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven today sentenced Marchaun Browning (24, Gibsonton) to 5 years in federal prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release, for distributing and possessing child pornography.
Browning had pleaded guilty on April 21, 2021.READ MORE: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Plans To Retire, Paving The Way For Biden Pick
According to court documents, in June 2017, Browning created several Twitter accounts. On several different occasions, he posted or “tweeted” child sex abuse images and tagged other Twitter accounts associated with elected officials, media outlets, and public figures. Browning’s tweets also contained messages directed at the intended and tagged recipients.READ MORE: Dolly Parton Released A Line Of Southern-Style Cake Mixes, But You May Have To Wait To Try Them
On June 18, 2017, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Browning’s residence. The officers discovered more than 160 images and one video depicting the sexual abuse of children, including some as young as toddlers, located on Browning’s devices seized from his residence.MORE NEWS: Special Grand Jury Granted In Georgia's Trump Election Interference Probe
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Murray.