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Dallas man sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for sending images of child pornography over the Internet

DALLAS — A local man was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey to 15 years in federal prison, following his guilty plea in October 2011 to one count of transporting and shipping child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Jeffrey Wayne Day, 24, of Dallas, who has been in federal custody since his arrest in early September 2011 on related charges outlined in a federal criminal complaint, was also ordered to serve a 10-year term of supervised release following his incarceration.

According to documents filed in the case, a detective with the Dallas Police Department, who was investigating persons involved in sharing child pornography via a peer-to-peer network, found several files indicative of child pornography that he traced to Day. Specifically, on Jan. 24, 2011, the detective identified a computer that had 3,675 files for sharing of which 469 files contained child pornography. In March 2011, a search warrant was executed at Day's residence and a forensic examination of the computer equipment seized revealed more than 20,000 images and videos of child pornography. Day admitted that he possessed videos and images that included bondage and other sadistic acts involving minors.

The Dallas Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Camille Sparks, Northern District of Texas, prosecuted this case.

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-DHS-2ICE 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 and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.