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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Former Buffalo School Teacher's Aide Sentenced to 12 Years for Child Pornography

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tom Larson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a former Buffalo, Mo., elementary school teacher’s assistant has been sentenced in federal court for receiving child pornography.

Dalton Cole Sherman, 20, of Buffalo, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, to 12 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Sherman to a lifetime of supervised release following incarceration.

Sherman pleaded guilty on June 13, 2017, to receiving child pornography. He was a teacher’s assistant at the DA Mallory Elementary School in Buffalo at the time of the offense. 

School officials contacted law enforcement officials on June 11, 2015, and reported that a pen camera had been located in a bathroom used by teachers and children. The pen camera was behind a standup mirror in the bathroom and had a light on the camera. Sherman, who had been going in and out of the bathroom for unknown reasons, was detained and transported to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department for questioning.

Sherman admitted he placed the pen camera in the bathroom on top of some plastic totes and behind the mirror that morning. Sherman checked the camera two times, turning it off and on. Sherman also said he had used the camera before to capture high school girls on the school bus and school lobby. Sherman transferred the videos to his Nook tablet to watch them at home.

Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Sherman’s residence on June 18, 2015. Investigators found several videos on the pen camera that depict 5-to-6-year-old children using the toilet. Investigators also found 90 images of child pornography, which had been downloaded from the Internet, on Sherman’s Nook tablet.

 
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ami Harshad Miller. It was investigated by the Dallas County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the State Technical Assistance Team and the FBI.

Project Safe Childhood
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' 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 individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc . For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated October 4, 2017