Man Sentenced On Child Pornography Charges
PLATTSBURGH, NEW YORK – Frank Daniels, 37, of Gouverneur, New York, was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Utica to 5 years in prison followed by 15 years of supervised release for distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Resident Agent in Charge Russell Linstad.
"The sharing and distribution of child pornography images is not a victimless crime," stated United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian. "The children in such photos are abused, violated and humiliated. Our office will continue to vigorously prosecute those who perpetuate their trauma by gathering and sharing such images."
"Sexually exploiting children is a horrendous crime that has long-term traumatic effects on the most vulnerable individuals in our society," said Resident Agent in Charge Linstad. "HSI will continue to work aggressively with our law enforcement partners to identify and apprehend predators who exploit our children and steal their innocence."
On December 3, 2014, Daniels pled guilty to distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography. As part of the investigation, law enforcement officials seized Daniels’ computers and found 234 videos depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct which he downloaded from the Internet.
Homeland Security Investigations Massena, NY investigated the case. Assistant United States Attorney Katherine Kopita prosecuted it.