Fresno man indicted for child pornography told officers he wanted to "test his ability to withstand urges", court records say

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Posted at 12:30 PM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 15:34:43-05

FRESNO, Calif. — A federal grand jury indicted a Fresno man Thursday on two counts of receiving and distributing child pornography.

According to court documents, on Jan. 3, a concerned citizen reported to the police that Gary Lee Briggs, 63, appeared to be trying to lure an 8-year-old boy into his apartment in Fresno. When officers confronted Briggs, he reported that he planned to test his ability to withstand urges that attracted him to the boy.

Briggs also admitted that Facebook recently had terminated his account for having transmitted sexually explicit material, according to a release. Facebook separately had notified the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children that Briggs’s Facebook account had been used to transmit sexually explicit images of minors from August through December 2019.

This case was investigated by the Central Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, specifically the Fresno Police Department, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, and Homeland Security Investigations.

If convicted, Briggs faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.