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Sex Offender Arrested for Sexually Exploiting 16-Year-old Boy

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BOSTON, Mass. (WGGB) – A Berkshire County man, who was once convicted of sexual assault in Connecticut, is accused of sexually exploiting a teenager.

In a statement, the U.S. Attorney’s office says that 50-year-old Ronald Brown of Williamstown was charged Friday with sexual exploitation of children.

Federal prosecutors say that Brown began chatting with a 16-year-old boy on a website called silverdaddies.com in December. After that time, Brown allegedly began having a long series of sexually explicit text messages, e-mails, and internet chat sessions on Skype, Yahoo! Messenger and Facebook with the teen.

According to an affidavit, Brown arranged for the boy to run away from home, by buying a one-way ticket for the boy to fly from his house to Newark, N.J., sending him $150 for a taxi and food at the airport, and telling the boy to erase files from his computer.

That boy ran away from home on January 19 and took that flight to Newark, where he allegedly met with Brown. The two drove then drove into New York where they engaged in sexual activity before making their way to Massachusetts.

The boy’s mother reported him missing that afternoon and believed that he may be in Williamstown. After some investigation, police left a phone message for Brown to call them back.

Brown allegedly returned that call, where he told police that he was heading north on the New York State Thruway towards Williamstown.

Police ordered him to pull over, where New York State Police responded and found the pair.

Brown was convicted and sentenced to jail back in 1995 in Connecticut for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy at a campground in New Canaan, Conn. Prosecutors say that Brown is currently listed as a Level 2 sex offender.

If convicted, Brown faces up to 50 years in jail, followed a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.


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