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TUESDAY - November 4, 2008


NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced DANIEL FRANKLIN RICE, JR., 30, of Newport, North Carolina, to 97 months’ imprisonment followed by a lifetime of supervised release. The Court also imposed a $10,000 fine.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on April 23, 2008. On August 5, 2008, RICE pled guilty to attempted receipt of child pornography. On February 16, 2007, a Postal Inspector in Ohio, mailed an undercover advertisement for child pornography to RICE’s address in Newport. The undercover advertisement provided a form for the defendant to indicate his interest. RICE indicated that he wanted to receive catalogs for videos on “Pre-teen girls.” He provided his name and address. On March 12, 2007, RICE was sent a catalog. RICE responded by completing an order form, and sending $20 to order two movies “Little Lolita Sex” and “9 years old raped.” He again provided his name, a mailing address, and an e-mail address. The catalog stated that these were homemade amateur movies and actors were not used. The investigation confirmed RICE’s residential and email addresses. A search warrant was obtained for RICE’s residence and a controlled delivery made.

A search of RICE’s computer revealed numerous images of minor females posing, 45 images and approximately 20 videos of child pornography.

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

Investigation of the case was conducted by the United States Postal Inspection Service. Assistant United States Attorney David Bragdon served as prosecutor for the government.


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