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Springfield man sentenced to 100 years in prison for creating, distributing child pornography by documenting sexual abuse of children

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

DAYTON, Ohio – A Springfield, Ohio, man was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 1,200 months in prison for producing and distributing videos depicting the sexual abuse of children.

Marcus Leon Davis, 34, was arrested on Oct. 25, 2023. His case was unsealed today.

Davis received the maximum sentence on each count as charged and will serve those sentences consecutively.

“Davis’s sexual abuse is among the most abhorrent acts that one can perpetrate against a child. If his behavior against the victims wasn’t bad enough, he chose to record his sexual abuse against them,” said U.S. Attorney Kenneth L. Parker. “By publishing videos of his sexual abuse against these victims, Davis ensured the abuse will never end. Each time one of those images or videos is shared, traded, downloaded and viewed the children are victimized again. This sentence will forever protect the community from future harm committed by Davis.”

"This sentencing was the result of an intensive investigation by the U.S. Secret Service and our law enforcement partners," said Yvonne DiCristoforo, Special Agent in Charge of the Secret Service's Cincinnati Field Office. "The Secret Service and our partners are working relentlessly so predators that exploit innocent children face justice for their heinous actions."

According to court documents, from January 2022 until October 2023, Davis sexually abused children and documented the abuse on video.

The defendant published the videos on a child pornography website. Investigators have now tracked the content to other users and websites.

Davis pleaded guilty in February 2024 to two counts of producing child pornography and two counts of distributing child pornography.

Kenneth L. Parker, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; Yvonne DiCristoforo, Special Agent in Charge, United States Secret Service; and Springfield Police Chief Allison Elliott announced the sentence imposed on May 13 by U.S. District Judge Michael J. Newman. Assistant United States Attorneys Amy M. Smith and Elizabeth L. McCormick are representing the United States in this case.

U.S. Attorney Parker commended the investigation by the U.S. Secret Service, who worked with the Queensland Police Service, Australian Federal Police, Europol and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations to quickly identify and locate Davis based on the images of child sexual abuse he shared online.

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Updated May 17, 2024

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