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Pennsylvania man sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison for possessing sexually explicit videos of minors

PITTSBURGH – A Pennsylvania man was sentenced Tuesday to 5 1/2 years in federal prison for possessing sexually explicit videos of minors. The sentence resulted from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office and the Pennsylvania State Police.

Daniel L. King, 24, of Glenshaw, Pa., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon.

The HSI investigation revealed that on June 21, 2012, King possessed numerous videos in computer graphics files, the production of which involved the use of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Bissoon also sentenced King to 10 years of supervised release.

This investigation was also 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.