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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

WEDNESDAY - November 26, 2008

ELIZABETH CITY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO
MANUFACTURING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

RALEIGH – United States Attorney George E.G. Holding announced that on Monday, November 24, 2008, DANIEL CARL SHERWIN of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, pled guilty before United States District Court Judge Terrence Boyle to two counts of manufacturing child pornography in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2551, for conduct that occurred in December of 2007.

SHERWIN, a registered sex offender previously convicted in the State of Utah of eight counts of 2nd degree sexual exploitation of a minor, moved to the Elizabeth City area in 2004. In 2008, agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation developed a lead pointing to SHERWIN as a participant in an online photo-sharing group engaged in trading images of child pornography. Following up on that lead, agents approached SHERWIN in April of 2008, and learned that SHERWIN not only participated in the online exchanges, but was using two young children to make child pornography of his own.

The FBI, together with agents of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, conducted forensic examination of SHERWIN’s computer and related equipment to confirm their findings. Because of SHERWIN’s prior criminal history, he faces a minimum of 25 years’ imprisonment at the time of his sentencing, presently scheduled for February of 2009, plus an additional 10 years for having committed the crime while being required by law to register as a sex offender.

United States Attorney George E.B. Holding congratulated the FBI and SBI for their coordinated effort. “While it is a tremendous hardship to have to discover conduct this horrific, I am grateful to these agencies for yet again working across jurisdictional lines to bring children to safety. I am proud of the cooperation I have consistently seen from these agencies.”

“I would be remiss not to add what a painful illustration this case makes of the dangers presented by the growing prevalence of child sexual exploitation crimes. This defendant had previously been prosecuted for his use of child pornography under laws that provided no serious punishment for his conduct. As a result, two innocent children have now suffered harms we can never completely repair. Child pornography crimes, in every form, represent a grave danger to our community, and my office is committed to preventing stories like these.”

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 FBI and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U. S. Attorney Jay Exum handled the case for the Government.

 

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