Anthony Brown served for 27 years as a Long Beach police officer. Brown pleaded guilty on March 21, 2022 to one count of distribution of child pornography. A federal judge sentenced Anthony Brown, 57, to 70 months in federal prison for distributing sexually explicit images of children, including when he was on duty. Brown also must pay $15,000 and be on lifetime supervised release after he gets out of prison.
From October 2019 through May 2020, Brown used MeWe, an internet-based messaging application, to engage in graphic sex chats with other users in which he posed as his wife and discussed encouraging fictitious minor female relatives to participate in group sex acts. While logged on and while he was on duty as a Long Beach Police Department officer, Brown distributed images of teenage and prepubescent girls engaged in sexually explicit conduct. On May 27, 2020, a Long Beach Police detective called Brown and told him that an account associated with his phone number had been used to upload child pornography.