California Legislature worker is arrested in youngster pornography case

An assistant to a California assemblywoman has been arrested on suspicion of accessing youngster pornography whereas contained in the state Capitol constructing.

Brandon Martinez Bratcher, 28, turned himself in to authorities Monday after a bootleg picture was tracked to an IP tackle on the constructing that homes the state Legislature and governor’s workplace, stated Sgt. Rod Grassmann, a spokesman for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Workplace.

Bratcher labored as a legislative assistant for Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda).

Jordan Curley, a spokeswoman for Bauer-Kahan, stated the assemblywoman’s workplace was “surprised to study of those disturbing prices.”

Bratcher was instantly positioned on administrative depart, Curley stated.

Grassmann stated the investigation started when a “main social media firm” suspected that considered one of its customers was in possession of kid pornography, then contacted the Nationwide Middle for Lacking and Exploited Kids.

Grassmann couldn’t affirm which social media firm was concerned. He stated the businesses typically preserve a database of pictures to check with what customers are accessing and sharing.

The Sacramento Valley Excessive Tech Crimes Activity Drive, a collaboration amongst about 60 completely different regional businesses, took management of the investigation, which quickly pointed to Bratcher.

“When it got here again to determine who the individual was, it got here again to him, after which the IP tackle got here again to the state legislative council on the state Capitol grounds,” Grassmann stated.

The duty pressure then turned the case over to California Freeway Patrol, which has jurisdiction over state property.

Grassmann stated it was unclear what number of pictures Bratcher accessed or shared whereas on state grounds.

Bratcher was charged with one felony depend of kid pornography possession, which may incorporate multiple occasion.

“One cost doesn’t all the time equate to the possession of 1 picture,” Sacramento district lawyer spokeswoman Rochelle Beardsley stated.

Baby pornography investigations generally yield extra search warrants that uncover extra proof, Grassmann stated.

Bratcher was launched from jail earlier this week and arraigned Wednesday. His lawyer, Kristy Horton, didn’t reply to a request for remark.