Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm sentenced David Andrew Pizer, age 46, of Silver Spring, Maryland today to 249 months in prison followed by supervised release for life, for conspiring to produce child pornography. Judge Grimm ordered that upon his release from prison, Pizer must register as a sex offender in the place where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department.
According to his plea agreement, co-conspirator A used pictures of a nine year old girl to create profiles on online forums to advertise to others who expressed a sexual interest in children. Thereafter, and from March 16 to May 11, 2012, Pizer emailed and chatted online with conspirator A and the victim to encourage the victim to submit to sexual degradation and abuse that Pizer either watched through web-cam or that co-conspirator A would photograph and provide to Pizer and others. Pizer also introduced co-conspirator B to the victim and co-conspirator A, to help persuade the victim to continue to engage in sexual acts. Pizer and co-conspirator B repeatedly emailed images of minors dressed in sexually provocative outfits or engaged in sexual acts to co-conspirator A to help groom the victim to engage in sexual acts.
Further investigation revealed that Pizer’s laptop computer had 4,486 images and six videos that depicted children engaged in sexual acts with adults, children in sexually provocative poses or nude image of children. Approximately 605 of the images depicted the victim in lingerie, nude or engaged in sexual acts.
This case was brought as 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 the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.justice.gov/psc and click on the "resources" tab on the left of the page.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI and the Montgomery County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristi O’Malley, who prosecuted the case.