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Akron man sentenced to 12 years in prison for enticement, possessing videos of child rape

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio

An Akron man was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for sending pornography to what he believed to be a 12-year-old girl and attempting to coerce her into illicit sexual activity, said Acting U.S. Attorney Carole S. Rendon and Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Cleveland Office.

David T. Beiter, 55, of Akron, was previously found guilty of four counts: enticement, transfer of obscene material to a minor, possession of child pornography and receipt and distribution of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Beiter knowingly used a device connected to the internet, to attempt to persuade, induce, entice and coerce a 12-year-old girl to engage in illegal sexual activity with him. On Feb. 9, 2015, Beiter used a device connected to the Internet to knowingly attempt transfer obscene matter to a 12-year‑old girl. From February 2014 through March 2015, Beiter knowingly received and distributed in interstate and foreign commerce, by computer, numerous computer files, which files contained visual depictions of real minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. On March 20, 2015, Beiter possessed a computer that contained videos of the raping and sexual abuse of children, according to court documents.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael A. Sullivan. The case was investigated by the Akron, Ohio and Richmond, Virginia Offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Middlesex County (Virginia) Sheriff’s Office.

Updated May 16, 2016

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