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THURSDAY - December 4, 2008

ROWLAND MAN SENTENCED

RALEIGH – United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that yesterday, United States District Court Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced ERVIN WASHINGTON DANIELS of Rowland, North Carolina, to 30 years’ imprisonment for manufacturing child pornography in violation of Title 18 of the United States Code, §2551(a), the maximum penalty permitted by law. DANIELS was also ordered to pay $110,000 in restitution to the victim, who addressed the court at sentencing about the personal impact of the crime. DANIELS¸48, had pled guilty to the charge in August. Also present at the hearing was a representative of the Robeson County District Attorney’s Office.

The case came to light in September of 2007, when 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.

Mr. Holding was grateful for the sentence. “We believe that Judge Dever’s decision to hand down a maximum sentence was the only just result in this case, and we hope that it brings some measure of justice to the victim. The courage this victim displayed in stepping forward to speak to the Court today displays a strength of character any parent would be proud of.”

“I would also like to thank the Robeson County District Attorney’s Office for their cooperation with our office and for standing with us, literally and figuratively, in a united front against those who seek to harm children in our district. Their presence today should send a clear signal to those who seek to abuse or enjoy the abuse of children that the Eastern District of North Carolina is hostile territory for them. We will continue to work together to ensure just punishment for this most alarming form of criminal conduct.”

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 with the assistance and cooperation of the Robeson County District Attorney’s Office.

 

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