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Man Sentenced for Possession of Child Pornography

October 7, 2010

OXFORD, Miss. – William C. Martin, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi, and Daniel McMullen, Special Agent-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), announce that:

David Donald Dias, 43, of Olive Branch, was sentenced for possession of child pornography yesterday by United States Chief District Judge Michael P. Mills, in Oxford, Mississippi. Judge Mills ordered Dias to serve a term of 97 months in prison. Dias was also sentenced to serve a term of five years supervised release.

Dias pled guilty in June to a one-count Indictment charging him with violation of Title 18, Sections 2252A(a)(5)(B) and 2256(8)(A), for knowingly possessing a computer containing images of child pornography. He has been in federal custody since his plea and was remanded pending assignment to a facility by the Bureau of Prisons.

Special Agent-in-Charge Daniel McMullen of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Mississippi said, "It is the goal of the FBI to identify, investigate, and assist the United States Attorney in seeing that sexual predators who use the Internet and other online services to sexually exploit children are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

This case was investigated by the FBI in the Southaven office and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Clay Joyner.


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