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Ronald Brown, Christian Puppeteer, Gets 20 Years for Child Porn (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Ronald Brown, a Christian puppeteer, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for receiving and possessing child porn last Monday.

The Largo, Florida man was arrested in 2012 on charges of possessing child pornography and conspiring to kidnap a child, notes The Huffington Post (video below).

He pleaded guilty to five counts of receiving child pornography and three counts of possessing child pornography.

Before issuing the 20-year sentence, Federal Judge James D. Whittemore said: "Perverted is not a strong enough word to describe what you have been engaging in. Horrific, that is getting close. Unimaginable, that is getting closer."

Brown was also sentenced to a lifetime of probation, told to register as a sex offender, banned from having contact with minors and forbidden to have access to a computer with web service.

He was a member of the Gulf Coast Church's youth ministry, drove children to the church, performed puppet shows and appeared on a local Christian Television Network show (video from 1990s below).

According to a criminal complaint, Brown fantasized about raping, carving and cooking a child for Easter: "I imagine him wiggling and then going still."

Brown reportedly spoke online about wanting to kill and eat children with another alleged cannibal enthusiast, Michael Arnett. The two men were traced by investigators back to their computers. They allegedly talked about "snuffing" kids as young as 2.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Brown had over 200 pornographic pictures of children tied up, gagged and blind-folded on his computer. He reportedly solicited photos of dead kids online.

Police claim that in 1998 they found boys' underwear at Brown's home and a blowup doll dressed in children's clothes, but Brown convinced them it was all part of his puppet show act.

Source: The Huffington Post and Orlando Sentinel