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Chesapeake Man Sentenced for Receipt of Child Pornography

October 25, 2012

NORFOLK, Va. – David Daniels, 36, of Chesapeake, Va., was sentenced today to 240 months in prison, followed by a lifetime term of supervised release, for receipt of child pornography. 

            Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and John P. Torres, Special Agent in Charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations, Washington, D.C., made the announcement after sentencing by United States Chief District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith.

“The sentencing of David Daniels to 20 years in federal prison is a stark reminder of the gravity of child exploitation crimes.  HSI is committed to protecting the most vulnerable victims in our community, our children," said John P. Torres.

            Daniels previously pled guilty on July 12, 2012.  According to court documents, Daniels was discovered by investigators when using an online message board system where users can trade pornography and child pornography images.  Investigators discovered that Daniels had been downloading and trading child pornography images on this website.  After an investigation, a search of Daniels’ residence and computer was conducted.  Numerous images and videos of pre-pubescent children engaged in sexual conduct were discovered on Daniels’ computer.

            This case was investigated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations’ Norfolk office.  Assistant United States Attorneys Elizabeth M. Yusi and Joseph L. Kosky prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States. 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit  For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab “resources.”

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  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at or on


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