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Detroit Man Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison for Filming Himself Sexually Abusing Young Children

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

DETROIT – A Detroit man was sentenced to 35 years in prison today based on his criminal convictions for filming himself sexually abusing three children under the age of nine, and then distributing the child pornography to others over the internet, announced United States Attorney Dawn N. Ison.

Ison was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Angie Salazar, Homeland Security Investigations.

Nathanal Pace, a 27-year-old Detroit resident, was arrested in December 2019, after local police received tips that someone in his residence had been trading child pornography online using a cloud-based storage service and a social media application. Homeland Security Investigators in Detroit determined the individual to be Pace, and executed a search warrant at his Detroit residence.  During the search, Pace admitted to sexually assaulting multiple children, and creating child pornography. 

Subsequently, Pace pleaded guilty to sexually abusing an eight year old boy in January 2019, while recording himself using his cellphone.  Pace also pleaded guilty to filming himself sexually abusing a four-year old girl in December 2019. 

U.S. Attorney Dawn Ison stated that, “protecting our most vulnerable members of society – our children – remains a top priority for my office.”

“These horrific acts strike at the very fabric of our communities, it is my hope that today’s sentencing can bring some measure of closure to those senselessly victimized by these crimes,” said HSI Detroit Special Agent in Charge Angie Salazar. “HSI Detroit and our law enforcement partners will continue to aggressively investigate child exploitation and bring predators like Pace to justice.”

This case was investigated by Special Agents of Homeland Security Investigations.  The case is part of the Project Safe Childhood initiative and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Maggie Smith.

Updated October 27, 2022

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