Wisconsin Man Sentenced For Production Of Child Pornography
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BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr., announced today that David Whitworth, 44, of Madison, Wisconsin, who was convicted of production of child pornography and receipt of child pornography, was sentenced to 25 years in prison by Senior U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny.
“This case demonstrates how unscrupulous predators are willing to take advantage of the innocent dreams of children,” said U.S. Attorney Hochul. “As a result of this sentence, this defendant will no longer have the opportunity to do so.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael DiGiacomo, who handled the case, stated that in July 2011, a 16 year old contacted the Lancaster Police Department and reported that she had been contacted by several modeling agencies. All of the agencies offered the 16 year old girl the promise of a modeling career and money if she sent photographs of herself in various stages of undress. Lancaster Police then contacted the FBI.
In a subsequent interview, the victim told police that she met a male identified as “Logan” in an AOL chat room. “Logan” offered to take her to New York City and help her become a model. The victim sent photographs to “Logan.” After sending the photos, the victims said she was contacted by 10 other people who indicated they were modeling agents or associates or “Logan.” The victim then sent multiple graphic images to these agents and associates via the internet. Further investigation determined that the defendant was “Logan” as well as the other modeling agents and associates.
The sentencing is the result of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Adam S. Cohen, the Cheektowaga Police Department under the direction of Chief David Zack, and Lancaster Police Department under the direction of Chief Gerald Gill.