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Covington Man Sentenced on Child Porn Charges

Daudi Amariah Will Serve 84 Months In Federal Prison

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June 20, 2012

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA -- A Covington man, who previously pleaded guilty to a child pornography charge, was sentenced yesterday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke.

Daudi Amariah, 34, previously pleaded guilty to one count of receipt or distribution of child pornography. Yesterday in District Court, Amariah was sentenced to 84 months of federal incarceration and seven years of supervised release to be served thereafter.

“Investigating and prosecuting defendants who exploit the innocence of our children is a top priority for the Department of Justice,” United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said today. “When individuals like Mr. Amariah view and distribute this illegal and disturbing material, they increase demand for production of more child pornography and put more of our children at further risk.”

The investigation into Amariah began in October 2008 when a detective working undercover for the Charlottesville Police Department and investigating the sharing of child pornography on peer-to-peer file sharing websites, downloaded a video containing child pornography from the defendant.

During his investigation, the detective observed that Amariah had hundreds of files, with names indicative of child pornography, available for sharing. Following a subsequent search, seizure and analysis of the Amariah’s home and computers, it was determined the defendant was in possession of numerous child pornography movies and pictures.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Charlottesville Police Department, the United States Secret Service and the Covington Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Nancy S. Healey is prosecuting the case for the United States.

 

 

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