This Virginia Beach ‘sexual predator’ talked very young girls into making child porn for him and other sex offenders

Leedente Darrell Brown (Southside Daily/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)
Leedente Darrell Brown (Southside Daily/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)

NORFOLK — A Virginia Beach man was sentenced Tuesday to 27 years in prison for producing images of child sexual abuse of an 8 year-old girl.

According to court documents and evidence, Leedente Darrell Brown, 32, met dozens of young girls, including an 8-year-old, in person and online, and had them produce child pornography for him and other “horrible” sex offenders who were in group chat rooms with Brown.

He was identified after a Virginia Beach Police officer responded to a peeping tom call. Investigators later learned that Brown was attempting to meet the 8-year-old girl to “engage in sexual acts,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

The 8-year-old victim reported Brown told her not to tell anyone, and if she did, he would kill her.

“We must do everything possible to protect our children from dangerous sexual predators like Brown,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “Child sexual abuse is a horrific and abhorrent crime. I want to thank our law enforcement partners and prosecutors for ensuring that Brown will now be in a place where he cannot prey on our most vulnerable victims.”

Prosecutors said Brown has a significant criminal history which includes violence. In 2005, he was convicted of assault and battery of an 11 year-old. He was also convicted in March 2013 for assault and battery for cutting someone inside the MacArthur mall.

“Adults that prey on innocent children are despicable,” said Michael K. Lamonea, assistant special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations Norfolk. “Brown’s victims will have to cope with the longstanding effects of his abuse for years to come. HSI special agents and our law enforcement partners will continue to investigate sexual predators like Brown to ensure they are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, click here.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.