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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 22, 2018

Tampa Man Sentenced To Ten Years In Federal Prison For Attempted Enticement Of A Minor

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge James S. Moody today sentenced Danni McNaughton (45, Tampa) to 10 years in federal prison for attempted enticement of a minor. The court also ordered him to forfeit a cellphone that he had used in committing the offense.   

According to court documents, between March 28, 2017, and October 11, 2017, McNaughton communicated online with an undercover officer, whom he believed to be a 13-year-old girl, and continually requested that the “child” send him pictures of herself. To induce such actions, McNaughton sent the “child” numerous images of his genitalia, as well as pictures of child erotica and a photo of child pornography. He also instructed the “child” on how to masturbate and discussed what types of sexual acts he would like to perform on her.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Diego F. Novaes.

It is another case 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.

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Updated June 22, 2018