Brackett now facing federal charge

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Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2013 12:00 am

A man arrested by Bellevue police last month for possessing child pornography is now facing a federal charge of transporting child pornography.

Christopher Brackett, 36, was arrested Oct. 7 after law enforcement uncovered 38 images of child pornography on his computer after a Sept. 17 search of his residence at 1904 Pleasantview Lane.

Bellevue Police Det. Roy Howell, in an affidavit filed Nov. 7 in the U.S. District Court of Nebraska, said an iPhone taken from Brackett during his arrest had six images of a 16-year-old girl who appears to be engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Nebraska law enforcement had been contacted in September by an Internet crimes against children investigator in Ohio, who told the Nebraska State Patrol that a 16-year-old girl reported she had met Brackett while playing a game on her iPhone, according to the affidavit.

The girl told the investigator that they met in Canton, Ohio, in June and had sex. She said Brackett took photos of her during that encounter and again during an August encounter.

She told the Ohio investigator she attempted to break off the relationship, but online postings began to appear on Craigslist using her name, telephone number and address to solicit sex.

The girl told law enforcement that he had threatened to do so, and Howell said his investigation suggests Brackett created the posts.

As a registered sex offender, if convicted of transporting child pornography, Howell said Brackett faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in jail and a maximum of 40 years. He was convicted in 2003 in Iowa for sexual exploitation of a minor after he videotaped having sex with a 15-year-old.

Brackett was scheduled to appear in federal court Wednesday morning. His possession charges in Sarpy County have been dropped by prosecutors.

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