A photographer who also taught children’s tumbling classes was sentenced Friday to more than 12 years in prison for sexually assaulting two teenage girls in Irvine, Huntington Beach and Los Angeles.
Christopher A. Brown, 44, of Bell Canyon pleaded guilty Dec. 22 to five counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object of an underage victim, five counts of oral copulation of an underage victim, as well as a count each of using an underage victim for obscene matter, possession or control of child pornography, and lewd acts on a child 14 to 15 years old, according to court records.
Brown was ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Brown faced a maximum of 16 years in prison if he lost at trial.
The victims were 15 and 16 years old at the time of the offenses, according to Deputy District Attorney Michael Carroll. The sexual assaults occurred between June 2014 and August 2015.
He “lured” the victims “with promises of a modeling contract,” Carroll said.
He had studios or worked out of various places in Irvine, Huntington Beach and Los Angeles, Carroll said.
The child pornography included pictures of the victims as well as other girls he obtained but never met, Carroll said.
Investigators recovered hundreds of child porn photos and videos when a search warrant was executed at a hotel in Irvine where Brown had been staying, sheriff’s officials said last September when he was arrested.
Brown also has a conviction in 2005 in Virginia for possession of child pornography and failed to register as a sex offender in California when he moved into the state several years ago, according to sheriff’s officials.
— City News Service