man living on federal lands sentenced on child pornography charges
NORFOLK, Va. – Daniel Allen Oswald, 60, of Virginia Beach, Va., was sentenced today in Norfolk federal court to 18 years in prison for transportation and possession of child pornography. Oswald previously pled guilty to the charges on July 20, 2010.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and John P. Torres, Special Agent in Charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) in Washington, D.C., made the announcement after Oswald was sentenced by United States District Judge Raymond A. Jackson.
“Daniel Oswald sexually abused two young girls and memorialized that horrific crime in digital images,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “Producers of child pornography prey on children to feed a disgusting demand for images of these crimes. Mr. Oswald has a long history of sexually abusing minors, and the community is safer with predators like him off the street.”
“The victimization of children for sexual purposes is one of the most heinous criminal acts imaginable. Today’s sentencing illustrates the serious nature of crimes that exploit children” said John P. Torres, special agent in charge of ICE, Homeland Security Investigations in Washington, D.C. “For this reason, ICE will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners and initiatives such as Project Safe Childhood to aggressively pursue child predators and bring them to justice.”
According to court documents, Oswald was identified by ICE after the Surrey County North Carolina Sheriff’s Department requested ICE’s assistance in obtaining a search warrant for Oswald, who was then living on federal lands on Back Bay Wildlife Refuge in Virginia Beach, Virginia. ICE identified two minor girls who Oswald had been molesting and producing child pornography with over the course of several years.
This case was investigated by ICE HSI. Assistant United States Attorney Elizabeth Yusi prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.
Oswald was prosecuted 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.