On Friday, a Federal magistrate ordered a 28-year-old Sheridan man to be held in custody until his trial in U.S. District Court. Christopher Brown faces three counts of child pornography charges and could receive up to 50 years in prison if convicted.
In October, agents with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation noted a computer with an internet address in Wyoming requesting and sharing files on a peer-to-peer network. Computer files can be identified by a code known as a SHA (shaw) value, which is similar to a digital fingerprint. The files being traded matched the SHA value of known child pornography files.
Authorities traced the address to an internet account for a home here in Sheridan. Agent Robert Leazenby served a search warrant and interviewed Brown who was allegedly found using the Limewire file sharing service when authorities arrived. They seized two desktop computers and a laptop computer.
Examination of the computers found images and movies of minor children in various sex acts.
A preliminary hearing and detention hearing were held in the Sheridan County Courthouse in front of Magistrate Judge David Smith on Friday. Brown will remain in Federal custody until his arraignment in U.S. District Court, which will take place in either Casper or Cheyenne.