Springfield Man Sentenced For Child Exploitation Offense
The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated today that Daniel Gay, 42, of Burlington, Vermont, was sentenced on April 28, 2014, in United States District Court in Burlington, Vermont, to serve eighteen (18) months imprisonment following his guilty plea to one count of possession of child pornography. United States District Judge William K. Sessions III also ordered the defendant to serve a five-year term of supervised release and to pay a $100 special assessment.
According to court records, law enforcement was conducting undercover operations on a file-sharing network, and discovered a computer later identified as belonging to Gay was offering to share image files depicting child pornography. Law enforcement seized Gay’s computer and other digital media pursuant to a search warrant on June 28, 2013, and discovered thousands of images and videos depicting child pornography.
United States Attorney Coffin commended the work of the Vermont Attorney General’s Office and the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Gay was represented by Steven L. Barth of the Federal Public Defender’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Barbara A. Masterson.
United States Attorney Coffin noted that this prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice's Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorney=s Offices and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.