WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A resident of Sebastian was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in federal prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for distributing child pornography online. The charges resulted from an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Phoenix Police Department and the Sebastian Police Department.
According to court documents, Alfred E. Daking Jr., 70, communicated online with a 13-year-old boy from Phoenix. Daking sent more than 800 emails to the boy and attached child and adult pornography to some of the emails.
On Sept. 5, 2012, HSI special agents and officers from the Sebastian Police Department and the Phoenix Police Department executed a federal search warrant at Daking's residence. Law enforcement located a desktop computer, and a forensic scan of the computer found approximately 20 images of child pornography. Daking verified his email address and admitted to sending sexually suggestive emails to the minor in Phoenix.
This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide HSI initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders and child sex traffickers. HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-347-2423 or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators.
Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-843-5678.
HSI is a founding member and current chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.