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Kent Police played key role in man’s 25-year sentence for sex crimes

Four Kent Police detectives investigated a sex crime case that resulted in the conviction of a 38-year-old SeaTac man to 25 years in prison for federal crimes related to child sex abuse.

Brandan L. Wilkins, also faces three counts of child rape in King County Superior Court for alleged child abuse that allegedly began when the youngster was 8 years old, according to court filings. charges filed by the King County District Attorney’s Office.

Wilkins pleaded guilty in February 2021 to federal charges of traveling with intent to engage in a sexual act with a minor; possession of child pornography; receipt of child pornography; and incitement of a minor, according to the US Department of Justice.

Wilkins posed as a young teenager online to pressure young people into sending him sexually explicit images.

During the March 2 sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour noted that the sexual abuse of minors occurred over a long period of time, and he said he was “particularly offended by examples of Wilkins’ electronic conversations with young children where he pressures them to send him sexually explicit images.

“Sir. Wilkins’ pattern of predatory and dangerous driving has left a trail of traumatized children in his wake,” U.S. Attorney Nick Brown said. children in our community.”

According to records filed in the case, in July 2018, an electronic service provider notified the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that an internet account later linked to the defendant had received a video of minors engaging in sexually explicit behavior.

The Kent Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations, each part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, investigated the case.

Kent detectives identified Wilkins as the owner of the internet account. A search of his online activity revealed that Wilkins posed as a 13-year-old boy to solicit sexually explicit photos from young teens. When law enforcement issued a search warrant at Wilkins’ SeaTac residence, they seized electronic devices containing thousands of images of child pornography.

When law enforcement searched Wilkins’ wallet, they found a student ID for a child Wilkins had befriended. Interviews with Wilkins and the youths revealed that Wilkins had traveled with the youths to various locations to engage in sexual activity, according to the US Department of Justice.

In 2009 and 2011, Wilkins traveled with the then 12-year-old to Disneyland and other locations where he engaged in sexual activity with the child. Wilkins admits he posed as a ‘father figure’ to the youngster so he could gain access to the child. The abuse allegedly began when the child was only 8 years old.

Wilkins told detectives he was not the child’s father but a family friend who was a father figure.

Wilkins was employed as a TSA agent at Sea-Tac airport. He has been in custody since his arrest in December 2018. King County officials are moving Wilkins from federal custody to the county jail to face child rape charges.

If convicted, King County prosecutors plan to seek a 25-year sentence for Wilkins along with his federal sentence.

In seeking the lengthy federal sentence and lifetime supervised release, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cecelia Gregson wrote the following message to the court:

“By sexually exploiting his many victims, the accused forever impacted their lives in a way that may have significant long-term health consequences,” Gregson wrote. “What these victims endured at his hands can have serious lifelong psychological consequences on their self-esteem and well-being.”

Kent Police released a statement on March 3 about the case, thanking the detective unit for “their tireless work, inter-agency collaboration and unwavering will to put a child predator behind bars.” .

“It was a long journey, based on hours of grueling work,” the statement said.

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