Valdosta Daily Times

November 5, 2013

Former Moody airman sentenced in child porn case

Dean Poling
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — A federal judge sentenced a former Moody Air Force Base airman recently to nine years in prison for possession of child porn.

In addition to the 108 months imprisonment, Senior U.S. District Judge Hugh Lawson ruled that Brandon Meredith Hardy, 23, will serve 15 years of supervision following prison and be monitored as a registered sex offender, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia’s office Tuesday. The sentence took place in a Valdosta federal courtroom.

“Mr. Hardy entered a plea of guilty on July 17, 2013, to one count of possession of child pornography,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. “In his plea, Mr. Hardy admitted that in September 2010, during his time as an airman at Moody Air Force Base, he used a computer at the base to search for and download child pornography.”

Hardy’s case was part of an undercover investigation. On Nov. 4, 2010, a federal search warrant led agents to discover a computer and thumbdrive containing photos of prepubescent minors and children under the age of 12 engaged in sex acts with adult men, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

“Mr. Hardy caused the young children in these disgusting images to be re-victimized every time he looked at the pictures,” said U.S. Attorney of the Middle District of Georgia Michael Moore. “Possessing child pornography is not a victimless crime, and the Department of Justice will use all of its resources to make sure that people like Mr. Hardy don’t have the opportunity to harm our children.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert D. McCullers prosecuted the case.