CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland man who ran an online chat group to share images and videos of toddlers being raped was sentenced Thursday to more than 26 years in federal prison.
Brian Keeling, 34, told U.S. District Judge James Gwin that “I need help.” Keeling had admitted to sharing files included videos where toddlers screamed or said “no” while being sexually assaulted.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan also said Thursday that Keeling admitted to abusing a toddler himself.
“This case is incredibly disturbing in so many different ways,” Sullivan said.
Gwin said Keeling’s case “may be the worst type of conduct I’ve seen for one of these cases.” The judge, who generally does not believe long sentences deter others from committing the same crime, nevertheless said a long sentence was necessary because Keeling poses a great threat to children due to his “obsession.”
He ordered Keeling to pay $2,000 each to seven victims identified in the photos and videos.
Keeling, who lived in the Stockyards neighborhood, was arrested in December after he admitted to U.S. Department of Homeland Security agents that he, along with one or two others, ran a group called “Toddlers” on the messaging app Kik, according to a court filings.