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MADISON COUNTY MAN ENTERS GUILTY PLEA tO TRAVELING ACROSS STATE LINES TO ENGAGE IN SEXUAL CONDUCT WITH A MINOR



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 2012

 






Fayetteville, Arkansas - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Daniel Burris pleaded guilty today to knowingly traveling in interstate commerce to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor. Chief United States District Court Judge Jimm Larry Hendren accepted the guilty plea in U.S. District Court in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Burris faces up to thirty years imprisonment for his crimes. Burris admitted to engaging in conduct with victims ranging from three to ten years of age.

United States Attorney Eldridge commented, “We will remain focused on pursuing and prosecuting cases such as this and holding the perpetrators of these crimes accountable. It is simply inexcusable that kids are victimized in this way. For this reason, crimes against children remain among the highest priorities for our office.”

Per court records, on March 27, 2011, an individual attempted to upload two videos depicting nude children to an internet-based video site, namely You Tube. This incident was reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, who then contacted the Madison County Sheriffs’s department. During the subsequent investigation, records revealed that the email address associated with the suspect’s You Tube user account belonged to the defendant, Daniel Burris of Madison County.

On May 21, 2011, law enforcement obtained and executed a state search warrant on the home of the defendant. During the execution of the warrant, numerous computers, digital cameras, and other digital storage devices were located. A forensic examination of the computers and equipment revealed numerous videos of Burris and children, ranging approximately three to ten years of age, engaging in sexual activity.

During a post-Miranda interview, Burris admitted to attempting to upload two videos of nude children to the Internet. Further, Burris admitted to Homeland Security Special Agents that he traveled numerous times from his home in Madison County to Louisiana to perform sexual acts on the minor victims reflected on the confiscated videos.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and Madison County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Dustin Roberts prosecuted the case for the United States.

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