Darin Schilmiller and Denali Brehmer — two of the six people charged with the murder of 19-year-old Cynthia Hoffman — have been indicted on federal pornography charges, a release from the United States Department of Justice said Tuesday.

Schilmiller, 21, and Brehmer, 18, are charged with conspiracy to produce child pornography, production of child pornography, receipt and distribution of child pornography, and coercion and enticement of a minor.

The pornography was discovered while APD was looking for evidence related to Hoffman's murder on Brehmer’s phone. Text messages between Brehmer and the man discussed plans to sexually assault a minor and contained videos of Brehmer performing the act.

 
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The messages were sent June 2–4 between Brehmer and a contact she had listed as “Babe.” During an interview with police on June 7, Brehmer identified “Babe” as “Tyler,” who she said lived in Kansas. The FBI linked the phone number of “Tyler” to a Facebook account associated with Darin Schilmiller. The phone number, along with driver license records obtained later, led to an address in Indiana.

"The federal charging documents allege that, at Schilmiller’s direction, Brehmer produced videos depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a minor and sent them to Schilmiller," the DOJ release states.

In a press conference early Tuesday evening, multiple state and federal agencies discussed the latest developments in the Cynthia Hoffman murder case, including the new indictments against Schilmiller and Brehmer.

"For all the good the internet can do, it can be a very dark place and parents would be wise to monitor the activity of their children online," U.S. Attorney for the state of Alaska Bryan Schroder said.

Anchorage's police chief assured the public that while this crime was especially heinous, law enforcement was quick to respond and apprehend those involved.

"Anchorage is a great place full of great people. This is a truly horrific event that is not the norm for our community, so APD understands why people are concerned and shocked by this crime. We are as well," Chief Justin Doll said.

FBI Special Agent in Charge for Anchorage Jeff Peterson said that Schilmiller, who is in custody in Indiana some 4,000 miles away, was arrested within 36 hours after being connected with the case.

"Why do I say all of this? I say all of this so if you're listening to my voice not in Alaska but somewhere else, and you're sitting in your mom's basement and you're planning to do some type of crime, influence, plan or conduct a crime in Alaska and you think you're safe because you're that far away, you're not," Peterson said. "We will track you down. We will find you and we will bring you back here to face justice."

If convicted, Schilmiller and Brehmer face a minimum of five years and up to life in prison. The two were also indicted late last week on charges of first-degree murder, first-degree conspiracy to commit murder, two counts of second-degree murder, and a count of first-degree solicitation to commit murder. Brehmer faces an additional charge of tampering with physical evidence.

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