Martinsville man sentenced to 820 years in child porn case

A Martinsville man was sentenced to 820 years in prison Monday, after pleading no contest to multiple charges.

Brandon Antwon Hairston, 24, pleaded no contest to 17 counts of manufacturing child pornography, six counts of forcible sodomy, three counts of carnal knowledge with a child and two counts of aggravated sexual battery in Henry County Circuit Court.

Judge David V. Williams told Hairston a no-contest plea has the same effect as a guilty plea.

“I just want to apologize,” Hairston said before being sentenced. “I don’t know who I was at that time. I hope everyone involved can forgive me or at least not hate me.”

The incidents occurred between 2010 and 2015 and involved three male juvenile victims.

There was no testimony during the sentencing hearing about the allegations, but Henry County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Awbrey Watts introduced written statements of facts.

According to that case summary, on May 9, 2016, a 13-year-old came to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and spoke with officers about an incident that happened with Hairston. The boy stated Hairston had sent him nude pictures of himself and that he had sent one nude picture of himself at Hairston’s request. The boy also said Hairston provided him with cigarettes and marijuana.

Based on that information, Investigator M.M. Price obtained a search warrant against Hairston for allegedly contributing to the delinquency of a minor as well as a search warrant to look for devices that could be used in possession, reproduction, distribution or facilitation of child pornography at Hairston’s residence.

On May 11, 2016, officers with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Martinsville Police Department conducted a search of Hairston’s residence pursuant to the search warrant. They found multiple electronic devices including an SD (memory) card that was on a key chain in Hairston’s bedroom. Hairston admitted to sending an obscene video of himself to the 13-year-old boy and admitted to getting pictures from the boy, although Hairston said he didn’t request them.

Hairston also said the boy came asking for advice and help regarding sex, but added that he never touched the boy or gave him tobacco or marijuana. Hairston also admitted to investigators that he looked up teenage porn on some websites. Some of them might have been underage, he said, but no ages were listed on the pictures he downloaded. Hairston also admitted that he had consensual sex with two other underage teens during this time.

According to the information Watts presented in court Monday, an investigator found 18 videos with pornographic images of one of the boys. Pornographic images of Hairston were on 10 of those videos as well.

Hairston’s lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Caitlin Reynolds, did not add or challenge anything presented as the prosecution’s statement of facts. Williams sentenced Hairston to 30 years in prison on one count of manufacturing child pornography. On a second count of manufacturing child pornography, he received an additional 30 years in prison, with 11 years and two months to serve and the balance suspended on conditions including indefinite probation and the order that Hairston have no contact with the victim or his family. On each of the other 15 counts of manufacturing child pornography, Hairston was also sentenced to 30 years in prison, all suspended on conditions including indefinite probation and having no contact with the victim or his family. On each of the six counts of forcible sodomy, Hairston was sentenced to 40 years in prison, all suspended under the same conditions and on each of the three counts of carnal knowledge, he was sentenced to 10 years, all suspended, again under the same conditions. On each of the two counts of aggravated sexual battery, Hairston was sentenced to 20 years in prison, also all suspended under the same conditions.

That means out of the 820 years, Hairston will serve 41 years and two months in prison.

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