South Carolina Man Pleads Guilty
to Production of Child Pornography
Contact: Craig M. Wolff
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257
Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Daniel
Cobb, 38, of South Carolina, pled guilty today in United States District Court before Judge
Nancy Torresen to two counts of production of child pornography.
According to court records, in September of 2011, Cobb, who lived in South Carolina,
took several photographs of himself engaging in sexually explicit activity with an eight-year-old
girl. In January of 2012, Cobb took several photographs of himself engaging in sexually explicit
activity with a six-year-old girl. In April of 2012, during an internet chat with Maine resident
David Muise, Cobb sent Muise several of the photographs he had taken of the two girls. Muise
was prosecuted separately and was sentenced to 25 years in prison on May 16, 2013.
In November of 2012, a federal search warrant was executed at Cobb's residence in
South Carolina. Investigators found a number of computers, hard drives and other electronic
equipment. Subsequent analysis of one of the hard drives revealed numerous digital photographs
of Cobb engaged in sexually explicit activity with the two victims. On the same day, Cobb was
arrested on a criminal complaint from the District of Maine charging him with transportation of
child pornography. In an interview with investigators after his arrest, Cobb admitted that he had
engaged in sexually explicit activity with the victims and that he had taken digital photographs
and video footage of the activity. He described his sexual acts with the victims as "play time."
Cobb faces a sentence of no less than 15 years and no more than 30 years of
imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and supervised release of up to life on each of the two
counts. He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the
United States Probation Office.
The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's
Homeland Security Investigations.
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