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

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Springfield Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Child Pornography

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tom Larson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Springfield, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet.

Danny Lee Dumas, 43, of Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to 20 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Dumas to spend the rest of his life on supervised release following incarceration.

Dumas pleaded guilty on Nov. 9, 2016. Dumas admitted that he received and distributed child pornography between Jan. 1 and April 9, 2015.

An investigation began in Suffolk County, New York, when another person told law enforcement officers that he e-mailed images of child pornography to Dumas. Law enforcement officers also received two CyberTips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children involving online chats with another person, to whom Dumas sent images of child pornography.

Local law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Dumas’s residence on April 9, 2015, and seized his computer and other digital storage devices.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James J. Kelleher. It was investigated by the FBI, the Southwest Missouri Cybercrimes Task Force and the Suffolk County, N.Y., Police Department.

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 July 7, 2017