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Former Green Valley Fire Captain Sentenced to 90 Months in Prison for Child Exploitation

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. – Nathanael Dougall, 39, of Tucson, Arizona, was sentenced yesterday by United States District Judge James Soto to 90 months in prison. Dougall previously pleaded guilty to Distribution of Child Pornography. 

On November 8, 2018, Dougall was arrested for sharing child sex abuse images on a messaging application with an individual he believed to be a 14-year-old girl. Dougall used the same application to engage in sexually explicit chats with the girl, who was actually an undercover law enforcement officer. Dougall worked as the Captain for the Green Valley Fire Department until his arrest. 

Upon release from prison, Dougall will be placed on lifetime supervised release. He will be required to register as a sex offender and to complete a sex offender treatment program. Dougall was also ordered to pay restitution to several victims depicted in the child sex abuse images he possessed and distributed.

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 U.S. Attorney’s Offices and 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

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Douglas, conducted the investigation in this case. Carin C. Duryee and Nathaniel Walters, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, District of Arizona, Tucson, handled the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:            CR 18-02526-TUC-JAS
RELEASE NUMBER:    2021-017_Dougall

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Updated March 25, 2021

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Press Release Number: 2021-017_Dougall