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Norfolk Man Pleads Guilty to Transportation of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 7, 2010

NORFOLK, Va. – Daniel James Boynton, 24, of Norfolk, Va., pleaded guilty today   to transporting child pornography.  Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after Boynton’s plea was accepted by United States District Judge Henry Coke Morgan, Jr.  Boynton will be sentenced on November 5, 2010, and faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, up to a maximum of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.  Boynton also faces a lifetime of supervision when released from prison.

            According to court documents, Boynton initially was identified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) during an investigation of individuals trading child pornography over the Internet.  Boynton was identified as being an active service member of the United States Navy stationed in Norfolk, Va., and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) became the lead agency in the investigation.  In April 2009, upon returning from deployment and entering port, Boynton’s computer and computer media was seized by the NCIS.  A computer forensic analysis of Boynton’s computer and other media revealed numerous images of child pornography, some depicting prepubescent children engaged in sex acts with adults. 

            This case was investigated by NCIS.  Assistant United States Attorney Elizabeth Yusi is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.

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