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Glenville man pleads guilty to child pornography charge

Published 1:27pm Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A Glenville man pleaded guilty last week to taking sexually explicit photos of a young girl and then sending them out online.

Brandon Franksain
Brandon Franksain

Brandon Davis Franksain, 28, pleaded guilty to one count of using a minor in a sexual performance or pornographic work and one count of disseminating a pornographic work.

Franksain initially faced a third charge of possessing pornographic work, but that likely will be dismissed, said Freeborn County Attorney Craig Nelson.

According to court records, the images were found on Franksain’s cell phone in October, which he had reportedly been sending via a chatting website.

During an interview with police in January, Franksain reportedly admitted to taking photos of the girl and sending them on the site. He stated he traded child pornography pictures with another person.

Nelson said Franksain will undergo a pre-sentence investigation prior to his July 11 sentencing. He will have to register as a sex offender.

Franksain’s most serious charge, of using a minor in a sexual performance or pornographic work, carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. The charge of disseminating pornographic work carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Nelson said it is likely, however, that Franksain will not receive any prison time because of his criminal history.