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Abilene man, 20, sentenced for producing child porn

Published On: Apr 16 2014 03:55:06 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 16 2014 04:10:49 PM CDT
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ABILENE, Texas -

A 20-year-old Abilene man was sentenced Wednesday to 188 months - or roughly 15 years - in prison after pleading guilty in December 2013 to one count of producing child pornography, according to U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña.

Tyrell Daniels received the sentence from U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas, Daniels – after meeting with a 12-year-old female identified as “Jane Doe” during September 2013 – communicated with her for “several days” using his cell phone.

“During that time, Daniels often discussed his desire to engage in sexual intercourse with Jane Doe, even though she had informed him that she was only 12-years-old,” a news release said.

On Sept. 12, 2013, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Daniels used Internet messaging to “ask Jane Doe to send a topless photo of herself to him. She complied, and Daniels told her that he would not post her pictures on the Internet if she would send him a more sexually explicit photo of her genitals.

“While Jane Doe sent Daniels a sexually explicit photo, he told her that it was not explicit enough. Jane Doe did not send him any additional photos.”

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative, which was launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. 

The release said the investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Santa Anna Police Department and the Abilene Police Department.