This investigation began after an abandoned briefcase was turned over to the Brazoria County Sheriff's Office that was found to contain child pornography. Authorities believed it was part of an active investigation involving Burns and forwarded it to HSI. Compact discs recovered from the abandoned briefcase contained 598 images and two videos of child pornography, along with personal and family photos.
Burns had previously been identified as a person of interest during an online undercover investigation in which he solicited nude and hardcore images of minors aged 12 to 17 via imgsrc.ru, a photo-sharing website. 1e1e36bf2d