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MONDAY - January 7, 2008


WILMINGTON – On January 4, 2007, Senior United States District Court Judge James C. Fox sentenced DANIEL RAY HYMAN of Tarboro, Edgecombe County, North Carolina, to 87 months’ imprisonment for downloading child pornography from the internet in violation of Title 18 of the United States Code, §2552(a)(2). HYMAN pled guilty to the charge in September.

HYMAN was detected as part of a nationwide operation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) known as Operation Emissary. Operation Emissary arose when ICE learned of a commercial website selling access to child pornography. The website, titled “Illegal.CP,” contained extreme images of child pornography and sold access to these images and videos, which it openly stated were illegal. HYMAN was identified as a subscriber, which led to his arrest.

United States Attorney George E. B. Holding welcomed the sentence, stating: “Production and consumption of child pornography not only directly abuses the children shown in the images, but its continued use and dissemination raises the everyday risks presented to our children. These crimes carry tough sentences, as they should, and we will continue to vigorously pursue investigation and prosecution of this crime at every opportunity.”

HYMAN’s case was prosecuted as 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

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Jay Exum handled the case for the Government.


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