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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 16, 2019

Long Island Man Extradited from Ireland to Face Child Pornography and Sexual Exploitation Charges

Defendant Allegedly Transported a Minor Across the United States and to Foreign Countries to Engage in Sexual Conduct

Daniel Mullan will be arraigned this afternoon in federal court in Central Islip before United States Magistrate Judge A. Kathleen Tomlinson on an indictment charging him with sexual exploitation of a child, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in sexual activity and possession of child pornography.  Mullan was extradited to the United States from Ireland on August 15, 2019.    

Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), and Geraldine Hart, Commissioner, Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD), announced the extradition and charges.

“As alleged, Daniel Mullan victimized children here and abroad for decades by sexually abusing them and recording these acts,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue.  “The protection of children is a priority of this Office and the Department of Justice.  Those who exploit and victimize children will be identified and brought to justice.”  Mr. Donoghue extended his grateful appreciation to the FBI’s Long Island Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force, comprising the FBI and local law enforcement agencies, for its investigative work and assistance in the case.

“As alleged in the indictment, Mr. Mullan has sexually abused children for decades, robbing them of the innocence all children deserve,” stated FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Sweeney.  “The Long Island Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force along with the FBI's Victim Specialists are committed to identifying and providing assistance to all of Mr. Mullan’s victims.  We are asking anyone who may have been a victim of Mr. Mullan to call us at 1-800-CALL-FBI.  We believe there are other children who were victimized and we would like to hear from them.”

“For years, Daniel Mullan preyed on children robbing them of their innocence and he will now have to answer for his horrifying crimes,” stated SCPD Commissioner Hart.  “I applaud the tireless work of the Eastern District of New York and the FBI’s Long Island Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force, who are dedicated to protecting our children and bringing those who target them to justice.” 

According to court filings, in the summer of 2017, the FBI executed search warrants at Mullan’s residence in Elmont, New York, and his rental storage unit in Melville, and seized hundreds of images and videos of child pornography.  Several videos depicted Mullan engaged in sexual acts with teenage boys dating back to the early 1980s.  Numerous victims were then identified, including a male juvenile with whom Mullan traveled in the United States and abroad between 1999 and 2006 for the purpose of engaging in sex and recording it for himself and to sell to others. 

The charges in the indictment are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.  If convicted, Mullan faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years’ and a maximum of 20 years’ imprisonment.

This prosecution is 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 United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Department of Justice 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.projectsafechildhood.gov.

The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s Long Island Criminal Division.  Assistant United States Attorney Michael Maffei is in charge of the prosecution.  The Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs assisted in the extradition. 

The Defendant:

DANIEL MULLAN
Age: 80
Elmont, New York

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 17-CR-495 (ADS)

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Contact: 
John Marzulli United States Attorney’s Office (718) 254-6323
Updated August 16, 2019