A performer who once hoped to win «American Idol» has been awarded the maximum sentence for charges related to child pornography.
After being convicted in January despite pleading that he was innocent, WSFA reports former contestant Brandon Cox will spend 70 years in prison for seven counts of possession of illicit files.
«We asked for 10 years on each count, we are happy the judge saw the evidence as it was,” said Assistant District Attorney Kristy Peoples.
During the 26-year-old’s trial in Elmore County, Ala., the jury was exposed to approximately 275 videos and images found on his computer showing «toddlers, sexual penetration (and) oral sex.»
«His plea today was that he didn’t have records to prove certain things like access dates, and when he downloaded certain files,» said Peoples, addressing Cox’s statement that he only used the computer to download music.
Since Cox has a 4-year-old son, prosecutors claimed the lengthy sentence was due in part to protect the child.
«It was a huge concern,» Peoples explained. «Most of the children in these images and videos were male toddlers and younger male children.»
Besides spending well over half a century behind bars, Cox must now register as a sex offender.
Here’s what social networks say about this:
Amery C Anyiah Not condoning what he did, but people get less time in jail for killing other people.
Lee Campbell Are you out of your mind…It’s worse than killing someone…he is attracted to children the same way I am attracted to females if he is released he will do it again…Just like it would be hard for me to never be with a woman again ..It will be hard for him to control his urges to do something to a child who can’t protect them selves…This is what the death penalty is for
Matt Thompson The judge gave him extra years to «protect his 4-year-old son»? Earth to the judge: I don’t think the 4-year-old son is going to be a minor for 70 years. Nonetheless, good sentencing.
Anthony Intravio Brandon Cox was wrong in downloading 275 child porn videos and images on his computer, but given 70 years in prison is absolutely crazy. He didn’t raped any kids, he didn’t kill anyone. What they should’ve gave him was 5 years in jail and 2 years probation and psychiatric mental help. What’s also the main problem to this is at Brandon Cox young age of 26 years old, his testosterone level is very high in which it’s causing him to think too much about sex, if his testosterone level was low at about 400 he’d be able to function like a normal person and not get into trouble. Also why don’t they catch the real person who are creating child porn and putting it in the computer in the first place. That’s what they should do.
Devin Liann I wish all pedophiles could get this judge. Most who actually commit the crime themselves (not just watch others do it) get far less time than this. Which is quite sad, honestly. They should receive the same if not more.
Jaf Jm You are a superstar with all girls chasing you and the only thing you can think of is child porn? Sometimes i think this ain’t normal but someone born with twisted mind and can’t fight the urge.