SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (March 30, 2016)—A southwestern Missouri man, who pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to producing child pornography, now faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison.
This guilty plea resulted from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the St. Mary's County, Maryland Sheriff's Office.
Brett Corcoran, 26, of Ava, Missouri, pleaded guilty to the charge contained in a Sept. 30, 2015, federal indictment. Corcoran has been in federal custody since his Oct. 6 arrest.
By pleading guilty, Corcoran admitted that he used a minor victim to produce child pornography between Jan. 1 and May 13, 2015. According to court documents, Corcoran engaged in numerous sexting conversations with a 14-year-old victim in Maryland using an app called KIK Messenger. He sent pornographic images of himself to her, and solicited images from the child victim.
Under federal statutes, Corcoran is subject to a mandatory sentence of 15 to 30 years in federal prison without parole. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the U.S. Probation Office completes a presentence investigation.