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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Mashpee Resident, Former New York Pediatrician Sentenced for Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography

BOSTON - A former New York pediatrician and resident of Mashpee was sentenced today for distribution and possession of child pornography.

Daniel J. O’Hern, 65, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Denise J. Casper to 63 months in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release and a fine of $12,500.  O’Hern pleaded guilty in April to distribution and possession of child pornography.  Following the completion of his sentence, O’Hern will be required to register as a sex offender with the Sex Offender Registration Board.

In May 2014, law enforcement discovered that O’Hern was distributing child pornography when he utilized a public file sharing program to post pictures and videos of minors, between the ages of five and 12 years old, engaged in sexually explicit conduct with adults.  In June 2014, federal agents executed a search warrant at O’Hern’s residence and seized multiple computers, external hard drives, hundreds of DVDs and other media storage devices which contained an extensive collection of images and videos depicting children being sexually assaulted by adults.  O’Hern was arrested following the execution of the search warrant and has been held in federal custody since that time.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Shelly Binkowski, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; Masphee Police Chief Rodney Collins; and Barnstable Police Chief Paul MacDonald made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Kenneth G. Shine of Ortiz’s Major Crime Unit.

This case is brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys Offices and the Criminal Divisions CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.

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Updated July 21, 2015