Kalamazoo-Area Man Pleads Guilty to Producing Child Porn of 3 yr old

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Brandon Jacob Cochran, 26-years-old, formerly of Portage, pled guilty before the Hon. Ellen S. Carmody, U.S. Magistrate Judge, to producing child pornography.

Brandon Cochran faces a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years of in federal prison, and he will be required to serve a term of supervised release after his prison term has been completed.

Cochran will also be required to register as a sex offender. U.S. District Judge Janet T. Neff will sentence Cochran on a date to be scheduled by the Court.

Cochran admitted at the plea hearing that he used his cellphone to create pornographic images of a three-year-old child at a home in Kalamazoo County.

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The conduct occurred in July 2015. Cochran admitted that he photographed himself sexually abusing the young child. Law enforcement later learned of the conduct and searched Cochran’s cellphone. Cochran was arrested in November 2017, and he has remained in custody since that time. He will remain in jail pending sentencing.

The Detroit and Cleveland Divisions of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Portage Police Department, and Michigan State Police investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean M. Lewis prosecuted the case.

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