FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - August 19, 2008
ROWLAND MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO THE MANUFACTURE
OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGE
RALEIGH – United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday ERVIN WASHINGTON DANIELS of Rowland, North Carolina, pled guilty before United States District Court Judge James C. Dever, III, to one count of manufacturing child pornography in violation of Title 18 of the United States Code, §2551(a), for conduct that occurred between March of 2006 and September of 2007.
In September of 2007, a child reported having been sexually abused by DANIELS over a period of years, and stated that DANIELS had photographs and videotapes of the abuse. Acting on this information, investigators searched DANIELS’ home in Rowland, where they discovered digital cameras, a video camera, and substantial quantities of computer media, but no computer. After learning that DANIELS was not at his home, but in Spartansburg, South Carolina, detectives obtained and executed a search warrant of DANIELS’ truck with the assistance of the Spartansburg County Sheriff’s Department. The truck was found to contain DANIELS’ computer and numerous compact discs. A later forensic examination of the evidence recovered from DANIELS’ home and vehicle confirmed the victim’s report: DANIELS had amassed thousands of images of child sexual abuse in addition to numerous videos.
United States Attorney George E.B. Holding welcomed news of the plea. “It is hard to find anything to celebrate in a case involving the horrific abuse of a child by an adult willing to treat another human being as an object for his perverse amusement. Nevertheless, I am proud of the swift response that was coordinated among three separate agencies in two separate states to move swiftly and effectively towards bringing about some measure of justice. I would like in particular to thank the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department for jumping in so quickly to assist the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Robeson County Sheriff’s Department in locating, investigating, and apprehending this defendant. The effectiveness of these agencies in pulling this case together should serve as fair warning to anyone who would prey on a child in our district that they can expect to face effective law enforcement.”
DANIELS’ sentencing is expected to be held before Judge Dever during the week of November 17, 2008. DANIELS faces a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years imprisonment.
This case is part of the Project Safe Childhood initiative, a national program aimed at ensuring that criminals exploiting children are effectively prosecuted by making full use of all available law enforcement resources at every level. For more information about this important national project, Project Safe Childhood, go to www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Robeson County Sheriff’s Department, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and the Spartansburg County, South Carolina Sheriff’s Department. Assistant U. S. Attorney Jay Exum handled the case for the Government.
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