Worship Minister Pleads Guilty to Receipt of Child Pornography
Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Mark Daniel DeHaven (33, Winter Garden) has pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography. He faces a mandatory minimum of five, up to 20 years, in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 21, 2015. DeHaven was arrested and made his initial appearance in federal court on October 30, 2014.
According to the plea agreement, on April 8, 2014, the Winter Garden Police Department received a report from the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office about a cyber-crime tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The tip concerned child pornography that was being sent or attempting to be sent over the Internet. Further investigation traced the information to DeHaven’s residence. On June 10, 2014, law enforcement executed a search warrant at DeHaven’s residence and seized several computers and electronic media. Forensic analyses of the equipment revealed that DeHaven had received images depicting children engaging in sexually explicit conduct. During the change of plea hearing, DeHaven acknowledged that, prior to his arrest, he was leading worship for a church.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Winter Garden Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ilianys Rivera Miranda.
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 United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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.