A 62-year-old Madison man, who was sentenced to federal prison this week for possessing child pornography, pleaded guilty and was sentenced on two state drug trafficking charges Wednesday.

Lester Brown was sentenced Tuesday to more than five years in federal prison for possessing hundreds of child pornography images and movies on his home computer, according to court records.

On Wednesday, he pleaded guilty in Somerset County Superior Court to two charges of unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs, according to court records. He was sentenced to two years in prison to be served concurrently to his federal sentence after selling illegal drugs to a police officer at his Old Point Avenue home.

Brown pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography, a class C felony, in March. He was sentenced to five years and 10 months in federal prison Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Bangor.

Brown became the subject of an investigation by state police in February 2012 when the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department was told he had child pornography on his computer, according to court records.

Prosecutor and assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew McCormack said investigators knocked on the door of Brown’s home and he agreed to allow them to conduct an examination of his computer, where they found 795 images and two movies of child pornography on an attached hard drive, according to the records. Brown admitted to knowing the images were there and told investigators he was curious about children but had never touched a child, according to the records.

The images, which were found to be in Brown’s possession between June 2011 and November 2012, were sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which identified the victims as children from all over the world. One image of a girl younger than 11 depicted her being sexually abused by an adult male, according to the records.

McCormack said the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department asked the U.S. Attorney’s Office to assist in the investigation, at which point the FBI also became involved.

In October 2012, two FBI agents traveled to Madison to assist with the investigation and Brown admitted to them that he had obtained a second computer containing more child pornography, according to McCormack’s account. The second computer was one reason why the investigation became a federal case, said McCormack.

“In our view, it seems that if you’re going to be tempered from possessing pornography by the police it would stop you, but obviously it didn’t in this case,” said McCormack.

During the investigation, police also searched Brown’s email records and found several in which he had sent pictures of himself to others and dozens of images of child pornography that had been sent and received.

The maximum sentence for possession of child pornography is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Rachel Ohm can be contacted at 612-2368 or at:[email protected]

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