PIQUA MAN SENTENCED TO 12 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2012
Public Affairs Officer
DAYTON – Daniel Furrow, 40, of Piqua, was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 12 months and one day in prison for having approximately 130 visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct on his personal computer. He was also sentenced to serve 10 years under court supervision after he serves his prison time. Federal law will also require him to register as a sex offender.
Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio and Brian Moskowitz, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Detroit, and Postal Inspector Dugan Wong, U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) announced the sentence handed down today by United States District Judge Timothy S. Black.
Furrow pleaded guilty in October 2011 to a one-count bill of information charging him with possession of sexual exploitation material of minors in interstate commerce. According to the statement of facts filed in court, in June 2008 Furrow knowingly received and possessed at his residence located at 1711 Williams Place, Piqua, Ohio approximately 130 visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct that had been shipped and transported in interstate and foreign commerce.
Furrow used computer equipment located at his residence to purchase via the internet multiple subscriptions to commercial child pornography websites which offered members-only access to images of child pornography. Shortly after purchasing the subscriptions, Furrow would receive a password or code via email to access the websites, where he downloaded visual depictions of minors under the age of 18 engaged in sexually explicit conduct with other children under the age of 18, including prepubescent children. Most, if not all, of the images originated out-of-state or out of the country.
Furrow must have computer monitoring software installed on any computer device he uses while under court supervision after his release from prison.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
Stewart commended the cooperative investigation by ICE-HSI and USPIS agents, as well as Dayton Branch Chief Laura Clemmens who prosecuted the case.