Under federal statutes, Corcoran is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison without parole
Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an Ava, Missouri, man pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, to producing child pornography.
Brett Corcoran, 26, of Ava, Missouri pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to the charge contained in a Sept. 30, 2015, federal indictment. Corcoran has been in federal custody since his 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 text conversations with a 14-year-old victim in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. He sent pornographic images of himself to her, and solicited images from the child victim.
Under federal statutes, Corcoran is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of 30 years in federal prison without parole. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James J. Kelleher. It was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office.
Corcoran will be formally sentenced after the United States Probation Office completes a presentence investigation.