Elizabeth City man sentenced to seven years in prison for child pornography

Published 5:44 pm Saturday, June 24, 2023

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An Elizabeth City man was sentenced May 31, 2023 to 84 months in prison and 10 years of supervised release for the receipt and possession of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) between October 2011 and March 2021, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Eastern District of North Carolina. Brian Keith Corp, 59, pleaded guilty on January 3, 2023 to one count of receipt of child pornography.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, investigators received a cyber tip in March of 2021 which indicated that a phone number – later confirmed to belong to Corp – had uploaded five files containing CSAM. A search warrant was obtained by investigators, who met Corp at his residence on March 10, 2021.

“Corp initially denied knowledge of any CSAM and consented to a search of his electronic devices. As the forensic preview examination was being conducted on-scene, Corp made several admissions,” stated the release. “A full forensic examination revealed over 5,500 files containing CSAM, including images and videos depicting sexual abuse of toddlers. The forensic examination also revealed a carefully organized collection of CSAM that indicated Corp had been engaged in the offense conduct for nearly 10 years. While on pretrial release, Corp absconded and was on the run for several days before authorities ultimately located him in Virginia.”

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Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle. The Department of Homeland Security, Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan M. Stephany prosecuted the case.

“This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice,” stated the release. “Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.”