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Child Exploitation

Philadelphia ICE investigation leads to indictment for producing child pornography

PHILADELPHIA - Acting United States Attorney Laurie Magid today announced the filing of an Indictment charging Daniel Earl Eyster, a/k/a "Daniel Eyster," with one count of sexual exploitation of children. According to the indictment, from November 2007 through July 2008, Eyster employed, used, persuaded, induced, enticed, and coerced, four minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct, for the purpose of producing visual depictions of the conduct, namely, approximately 75 digital photographs contained in a computer thumb drive. The visual depictions were allegedly produced using materials that had been mailed, shipped, and transported in interstate and foreign commerce.

The case was investigated by special agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Philadelphia office, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the City of Elizabethtown, Kentucky Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank A. Labor III.

"The sexual exploitation of a child has an unnerving ripple effect that is felt by every parent and serves to tatter the moral fiber of a community," said Magid. "According to the indictment, this defendant took advantage of four vulnerable children, decimating their innocence, for his own depraved pleasure."

"Every ICE agent is dedicated to protecting the most vulnerable members of our society, our children," said John P. Kelleghan, special agent in charge of the ICE office of investigations in Philadelphia. "The entire law enforcement community focuses tremendous efforts in order to bring child predators to justice."

If convicted, Eyster, 48 of Adamstown, faces a maximum sentence of 30 years imprisonment, with a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years.