Police moved quickly last week to arrest a Wayne County man who allegedly told an undercover officer he was about to use a 4-year-old girl to make pornographic images, according to documents in federal court.
Brandon Lynn Jones was charged with producing and distributing child pornography after sending the undercover officer photos of the girl.
The case started Sept. 24, when an officer on an FBI task force in Washington, D.C., made contact with Jones through an internal email system on Craigslist, according to a sworn statement from Thad Lambdin, an FBI special agent in London. The officer was posing as a man willing to use an 8-year-old girl for illegal purposes.
In emails or text messages, Jones told the undercover officer he would like to meet another man like himself and gave instructions on how to have sex with a child, according to Lambdin's affidavit. Jones also sent the officer three explicit photos of an underage girl. Data in the images showed they were taken within seconds of one another a little after 9:20 a.m. Thursday with a Nokia cellphone, according to Lambdin's affidavit. Jones also told the officer he would use the child the next day to make pornographic images to share.
Police made an emergency request to Craigslist for information to track down the email being used to send messages, then used other databases to find Jones' address.
FBI agents arrested Jones on Friday. When he answered the door and saw police, he threw his phone behind the couch, where officers found it, according to Lambdin's statement. The furniture and other items in the living area matched the scene in the pornographic photos Jones had sent to the officer, according to the statement.
A federal magistrate judge ordered that Jones be kept in custody after his initial court appearance Monday.