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Brandon Cox American Idol

Former ‘American Idol’ contestant will serve max sentence in ‘horrific’ child porn case

Former American Idol contestant Brandon Cox was sentenced to 70 years in prison Wednesday after being found guilty on multiple counts of child pornography, WSFA reports.

The Alabama native was convicted in January for seven counts of child pornography. He received 10 years for each charge.

The report read that it took the State Bureau of Investigation 20 hours to show explicit videos and photos that were saved on Cox’s computer, to the court, during the trial.

The jury saw exactly 275 images from Cox’s computer.

Assistant District Attorney Kristy Peoples said that during the trial, it was imperative to simplify, for the jury, the technical process of how investigators were able to link the files back to Cox’s hard drive. They needed to understand how the state knew where the files came from.

People’s reportedly explained why the prosecution asked for the maximum sentence, saying that the content on the hard drive was “horrific.”

“We are talking about toddlers, sexual penetration, oral sex, and the horrific nature of these photos and the quantity of the photos. I think that is why the judge did impose the sentence we asked for.”

Cox defended himself by insisting that had no idea what kind of images were on his computer. He claimed that there was key information missing from the prosecution’s case that showed he wasn’t responsible for the explicit content.

“His plea today was that he didn’t have records to prove certain things like access dates, and when he downloaded certain files — but that wasn’t required by the state. What was required was that he possessed, and we had overwhelming evidence that he possessed child pornography images and videos.”

The ADA explained that the state was concerned about the well-being of Cox’s 4-year-old son because “most of the children in these images and videos were male toddlers and younger male children.” The sentence made sure his son would be safe.

Cox will now be registered as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.

[Feature Photo: Police Handout]