A District Heights man has pleaded guilty to producing child pornography and posting videos on the dark web showing him committing sexual acts on a 7-year-old girl.
When officers executed a search warrant at his home on September 11, 2020, Brian Anthony Gilbert, 33, admitted to having filmed himself sexually abusing the 7-year-old girl and also a 2-year-old victim, according to a Department of Justice statement.
He told officers he had recorded the sexual acts with the 7-year-old girl at least five times, in his own bedroom and at the girl’s home, between January 2019 and August 2020.
Gilbert said he had produced the videos and distributed them on the Tor network, a computer network that allows anonymous communication over the Internet. Tor, which stands for The Onion Router, was originally developed in the mid-1990s by U.S. government employees to protect intelligence communications online.
“Brian Gilbert is a predator who sexually abused young children for his personal gain,” said Jonathan F. Lenzner, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland. “This conduct is reprehensible and criminal, and tragically Gilbert’s crimes will impact these vulnerable victims for the rest of their lives. This case sends a clear message that we will bring to justice those who victimize innocent children.”
Investigators found more then 2,000 files on Gilbert’s electronic devices that were seized during the search of his home, showing child pornography, including six videos of him committing sexual acts on the 7-year-old girl and the 2-year-old child.
“Some of the child pornography located on Gilbert’s devices included prepubescent children under the age of 12 as well as sadistic or masochistic conduct, including the use of instruments or tools on children, and sexual acts between adults and children,” according to the DOJ statement.
Gilbert pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges for two counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.
Gilbert faces up to 30 years in federal prison for each of the two counts of production of child pornography with a mandatory minimum of 15 years. He faces up to 20 years for possession of child pornography.
He is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm on December 8, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.