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United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California

Former Nurse Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Crime

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Docket #: 2:13-CR-023 KJM



SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Daniel Ratner, 45, of Folsom, pleaded guilty today to one count of possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Folsom Police Department and the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Kyle Reardon is prosecuting the case.

Ratner was prosecuted after hidden camera videos of minor victims were located on his home computer that were taken in Ratner’s house.

During a search of Ratner’s computers and other digital devices, 37 movie files and approximately 100 images of child pornography were located. On the computer were a video that Ratner had taken of him committing sexual battery on an adult female under his care in the intensive care unit of a hospital that he worked. Ratner is scheduled to appear in Sacramento County Superior Court on October 4, 2013, for charges relating to the sexual battery of the adult patient under his care.

Ratner is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller on December 11, 2013. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and a life term of supervised release. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. He will serve his federal sentence after any state sentence.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit Click on the “resources” tab for information about Internet safety education.



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