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Southern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Parkersburg Man Convicted at Trial of Child Pornography Crimes and Witness Tampering Sentenced to Over 8 Years in Federal Prison

CHARLESTON, W.Va. –  United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced that Daniel Roy Mace, 37, of Parkersburg, was sentenced to 97 months in federal prison for child pornography and witness tampering charges. Mace was previously convicted by a federal jury on 15 felony charges: 12 counts of receipt of child pornography on dates between June 24 and August 3, 2016; one count of distribution of child pornography; one count possession of child pornography depicting prepubescent minors; and one count of witness tampering. He will also be placed on supervised release for a term of 15 years following his release from prison, and will be required to register as a sex offender.

“We’re in the business of protecting our children,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “Predators like Mace belong behind bars.  I applaud the hard work of  law enforcement and my prosecutors in this case.”

On August 1, 2016, law enforcement with the WVSP Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force began a proactive investigation into local distributors of child pornography. After identifying a potential target in the Parkersburg area, a detective downloaded eight videos of child pornography from a user located in Parkersburg over a peer-to-peer file sharing network. On August 4, 2016, a search warrant was executed at the residence from which the child pornography was being shared. Law enforcement discovered Mace’s laptop in his bedroom, actively downloading child pornography from the same file-sharing services where law enforcement had downloaded the eight videos of child pornography. Upon examining Mace’s computer, law enforcement discovered over 80 videos of child pornography depicting prepubescent minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Among the videos were all eight videos of child pornography that law enforcement had downloaded.

After Mace was arrested on a federal indictment charging him with numerous child pornography offenses, Mace began attempting to persuade a witness to provide a false alibi for him during testimony before a federal grand jury in January 2019.  The jail calls between Mace and the witness were recorded.

The West Virginia State Police, the Parkersburg Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Violent Crime Against Children (VCAC) Task Force conducted the investigation.  Senior United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. handed down the sentence.  Assistant United States Attorneys Jennifer Rada Herrald and Alex Hamner handled the prosecution.

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative of the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s 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 those 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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Project Safe Childhood
Updated August 1, 2019