Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Bradenton Man Sentenced To Life In Federal Prison For Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses
Tampa, FL – U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday today sentenced Nathan Bryan (40, Bradenton) to life in federal prison for producing child pornography and attempting to entice a minor for illegal sexual activity. The Court also ordered him to forfeit items that he had used while committing the offenses. Bryan pleaded guilty on October 25, 2015.
According to court documents, in April 2014, a detective from the Bradenton Police Department conducted an undercover investigation of Bryan, who was attempting to obtain babysitting jobs by posting and responding to online ads. Bryan communicated with the detective, who Bryan believed was the stepfather of an 8-year-old boy, and made plans to meet the “child” for sex. He also discussed various sex acts that he wanted to perform on the child. On June 21, 2015, Bryan arrived at the prearranged location to meet the “dad” and to have sex with the “child.” During that meeting, he shared a video that he had produced while babysitting that contained explicit images of a young boy.
This case was investigated by the Bradenton Police Department, which is a member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation Task Force in Fort Myers. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Amanda C. Kaiser.
This 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. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.