Man Admits Transporting Child Pornography, Fleeing St. Louis
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Missouri
ST. LOUIS – A man from St. Louis on Wednesday admitted possessing and sharing child pornography and fleeing from St. Louis while on house arrest.
Daniel Bert, 38, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of transportation of child pornography. He admitted that after receiving two tips about Bert, the FBI discovered he was discussing his sexual interest in young children on Kik Messenger. An undercover FBI special agent began communicating with Bert on another app, Wickr, and Bert sent a picture of his genitals to the agent. He also expressed his sexual interest in young children, his plea agreement says. In text messages, Bert told the agent that he had a hard drive full of child pornography. On the same day that agents obtained a search warrant for Bert’s home, Bert asked the undercover agent to join him in an online video chat during which Bert played videos containing child pornography.
The search discovered child sexual abuse material on multiple electronic devices, including laptops, phones and hard drives, Bert’s plea says.
At his sentencing, Bert faces at least five years in prison for the charge. He faces the potential for additional prison time under the recommended sentencing guidelines because he removed his GPS monitoring device while on house arrest and fled St. Louis. He was arrested in Florida on May 11.
The case was investigated by the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Bateman is prosecuting the case.
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. Attorneys’ Offices and the Department of Justice Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, 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.justice.gov/psc.
Updated August 9, 2023
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