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Durham man gets 10 years in child sex case

I. Jeffrey Brandeis thought he was going to meet a 14-yearold girl he had been grooming on social media in a park after midnight. Instead, he met a detective.

Brandeis, 49, was sentenced this week to 10 years in federal prison and 15 years of post-release supervision after pleading guilty, in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, to attempted enticement of a minor, and admitting to possession of child pornography.

Alamance County Sheriff’s Office Detective Zachary Neef started an undercover operation in March 2017, posing as a 13-year-old girl in Alamance County on Kik Messenger. Kik is a free mobile application that allows users to chat and share photos and videos. It does not require users to submit phone numbers to start accounts, giving a level of anonymity, and has been prominent in cases of child exploitation.

Brandeis contacted Neef’s undercover account in September 2018 under the username “BilboBigone.” Neef responded, identifying himself as a middle-school girl. For the next few months they exchanged about 1,200 messages, often of a sexual nature. Brandeis asked the “girl” for revealing photos and asked to touch her intimately. By November, he also started asking her to sneak out and meet him.

On Jan. 2, Brandeis made arrangements to meet the girl in a park, believing she was sneaking out, sending multiple messages saying how long it would take him to get here from Durham. Neef arrested Brandeis when he came to the park, and seized his phone. Examination of his phone and home computer also turned up numerous pornographic images of children.

Also in U.S. District


Eric Maurice Holland Jr., 24, was sentenced to five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon. According to court records, Holland came to his girlfriend’s Mebane apartment in Deerfield Terrace very drunk at 3 a.m. May 5, 2018, and after becoming agitated, took her Glock .22 pistol. She called 911, and Holland took the gun and her Jeep Grand Cherokee and fled.

Mebane police saw the truck getting onto Interstate 40-85 with its lights off going at 120 mph. Officers later found Holland walking down the interstate and the truck abandoned on the interstate, and a K-9 found the gun a quarter of a mile away from the truck.

Holland was convicted in 2012 of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. He will serve three years of post-release supervision, during which time he is prohibited from associating with Crips gang members.

Reporter Isaac Groves can

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