Former Los Angeles Police Department 911 Operator Sentenced to Six Years in Federal Prison for Receiving Child Pornography
LOS ANGELES – A Lancaster man who worked for the Los Angeles Police Department as a 911 operator has been sentenced to 72 months in federal prison for receiving child pornography.
Brandon Simpson, 28, was sentenced yesterday afternoon by United States District John A. Kronstadt, who said the child pornography found in this case – which included images of infants being sexually assaulted – were beyond “repugnant.”
Simpson was arrested during an investigation into a peer-to-peer network in September 2011, and he pleaded guilty in June 2012 to one count of receiving child pornography. Following a search of Simpson’s residence in 2011 – he resided in Long Beach at the time – investigators reviewed computer files and found hundreds of images of child pornography. In his plea agreement, Simpson admitted that his collection contained more than 600 images. Some of the image involving bondage of very small children, according to a sentencing memorandum filed by prosecutors. “The charges against [Simpson] are serious and involve the exploitation of the most vulnerable people in the community, children,” the memo states.
Simpson was terminated from the Los Angeles Police Department in 2012.
The investigation into Simpson was conducted by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), which is made up of agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Los Angeles Police Department.