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Child Exploitation
12/12/2013

Repeat child sex offender sentenced to 17.5 years for receipt of child pornography

WILMINGTON, Del. – A Laurel man was sentenced Wednesday to 210 months in prison for receiving child pornography following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

David Kevin Schultz, 54, must also serve 10 years of supervised release following his prison sentence and register as a sex offender in any jurisdiction in which he lives, works or attends school.

"HSI is committed to holding child predators accountable for their actions," said John Kelleghan, special agent in charge of HSI Philadelphia. "These heinous crimes cause irreparable damage to our children and society. HSI will continue to pursue those who commit such crimes until justice is served."

According to court documents, the investigation began when HSI special agents received information that Schultz received child pornography from a man who was arrested in a separate child sexual assault investigation in Maryland. Federal law enforcement agents executed a federal search warrant at Schultz’s Laurel residence in April 2012, seizing more than 30 computers and other physical evidence. During a forensic examination of the computer equipment, special agents found a video of Schultz directing a female minor and a young adult male to engage in various sexual acts in his Laurel home. Agents also found other images of a female minor engaged in sexual acts, which Schultz had edited into compilation videos. The forensic examination also revealed that Schultz used the computers to receive and possess numerous images of child pornography featuring adolescent and prepubescent females via the Internet.

Schultz is a previously convicted and registered child sex offender. On Oct. 31, 1995, he was convicted of child exploitation charges involving a 13-year-old female.

Following the sentencing hearing, U.S. Attorney Charles M. Oberly III stated, "The pervasiveness of David Schultz’s involvement with child pornography is shocking. His actions over an extended period of time have caused grievous harm to his own family and others. He has single-handedly corrupted his victims to further his own perversions. He deserves every day of the sentence imposed today."

Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward J. McAndrew prosecuted this case.