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|Actor||Brian Justin Crum|
Daniel Brooks is a twenty-something adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse who was forced into a series of child pornography videos during the 1990's, only to end up making some himself as an adult.
Sometime during the 1990's Daniel Brooks was among dozens of children kidnapped by a known pedophile named Orville Underwood, and used in some of his child pornographic videos. Not much is known about his life prior to this period. One of the other children Underwood kidnapped was a girl named Larissa Welsh, who had spent much of her youth in and out of foster care, and who's absence was unnoticed by her foster parents at the time. In order to intimidate her into cooperating with him, Underwood threatened to send an organization known as The Coventry after her and her family. Chances are, Daniel also faced the same threats. For the videos, Underwood forced her to change her name to "Brandy," and probably forced Daniel into some of the same videos. Welsh and Brooks developed a fondness for one another, and though she knew very little about him she admired his smile, which was one of the few pleasant memories during their ordeal. The Brandy videos became popular among pedophiles. The two victims often used discarded peanut butter jars and converted them into "wishing jars" which they buried in a garden, one of which included a leather wrist band that Daniel gave to Larissa, Brooks helped Larissa escape from Underwood's porno ring and seemed to drop out of sight. Larissa much of her youth remembering Daniel as her savior.
Days after her escape, Larissa spotted Underwood, who was arrested after they heard her scream. Unfortunately, the limited evidence against him ended up setting him free. Despite her inability to help convict Underwood of molesting children, Welsh tried in vain to put this aspect of her life behind her. Brooks however was unable to escape from the mentality forced upon him by The Coventry. He gained a criminal record for shoplifting and prostitution. He bought an abandoned factory at 701 East 13th Street in Lower Manhattan, which he himself used to make his own collection of child porn videos.
After Larissa was attacked by a former fan of her old videos named Eldon Balogh, both she and her perpetrator were questions by the Special Victims Unit. Welsh had mentioned Daniel, and through some investigation found his warehouse hoping he would testify against Underwood. After Balogh was killed in prison by his fellow inmates for bragging about his exploits with children the SVU sought to find Brooks in order to get him to testify. When they arrived at his warehouse, they found he had become a child pornographer himself, and to make matters worse, he had been brainwashed to the point of denying his former victimization by Underwood, and thus was rendered and unreliable witness.
During the trial, Underwood acted in his own defense, and used the argument that the books that Balogh used as a guide to finding Larissa were mere works of fiction that had nothing to do with her rape. Unfortunately, with the death of Balogh and Brooks' refusal to testify, the prosecution was unable to make a case against him with the evidence obtained. However, Larissa was convinced he could convince Daniel to testify. As she arrived at Rikers, she expressed her disappointment that he became everything Underwood was. However, Daniel was convinced that the both of them could never return to a life without pedophilia. Nevertheless, he secretly told her that Underwood was still molesting children.