Geneva Man Sentenced on Child Pornography Charge
ROCHESTER, N.Y.B U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul announced today that Horace Daniels, 71, of Geneva, N.Y., who was convicted of possession of child pornography, was sentenced 10 years supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge David G. Larimer.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Marisa J. Miller, who handled the case, stated that the defendant downloaded and distributing child pornography, via a peer-to-peer file sharing network. Daniels came to the attention of law enforcement during an undercover investigation, during which officers downloaded images of child pornography from the defendant on 10 dates in August and September 2012. Thereafter, officers executed a search warrant at the defendant’s home in Geneva, where they recovered items of digital media. The items seized contained images of children, many of whom were under the age of 12, engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and many of which depicted acts of violence. At sentencing, the defendant was subject to a recommended sentencing guideline range of 97 to 120 months in prison.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys= Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James C. Spero.