Carson Man Sentenced to More Than 18 Years in Federal Prison for Making Sexually Explicit Videos of 15-Year-Old Victim

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          LOS ANGELES – A South Bay man who – along with three other accomplices – victimized a 15-year-old girl by creating sexually explicit videos of her has been sentenced to 220 months in federal prison, the Justice Department announced today.

          Leprinceton Dewon Burks, 38, of Carson, was sentenced on Monday afternoon by United States District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr., who also placed Burks on lifetime supervised release once Burks completes his prison sentence.

          In June 2021, at the conclusion of a four-day trial, a jury found Burks guilty of two counts of conspiracy to produce child pornography, two counts of production of child pornography, and one count of possession of child pornography.

          From July 2011 to August 2011, Burks and three accomplices filmed the victim participating in various sex acts. Burks was visible in the videos that law enforcement recovered from his laptop computer as well as the laptop and cellphone of a co-conspirator.

          “The videos show that [Burks] was an enthusiastic participant in this exploitation and when questioned by law enforcement, he said that he thought it was ‘funny,’” prosecutors argued in a sentencing memorandum.

          Burks is the final defendant to be sentenced in this case. In August 2015, a federal grand jury charged Burks and three co-defendants in an indictment for sexually exploiting the victim. Each of Burks’ co-defendants pleaded guilty in 2016 to criminal charges in this case and have been sentenced to federal prison terms.

  • Darrius Marques Sutton, 32, of Compton, is serving a 160-month prison sentence;
  • Darius Dajohn Burks, 34, of Los Angeles, Leprinceton Burks’ brother, is serving a sentence of six years in federal prison; and
  • Edwin Donnell Franklin, 35, is serving a four-year federal prison sentence.

          The FBI and the Los Angeles Police Department investigated this matter.

          Assistant United States Attorney Devon Myers of the Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section prosecuted this case.