Tampa Man Asked ’13 Year Old’ to Send Him Erotic Pictures of Herself, U.S. Attorney Says
He was communicating with an undercover officer, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
TAMPA – A Tampa man will serve a stint in federal prison for attempted enticement of a minor, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida said.
Danni McNaughton, 45, of Tampa, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for attempted enticement of a minor. The court also ordered him to forfeit a cellphone that he had used in committing the offense.
According to court documents, between March 28, 2017, and Oct. 11, McNaughton communicated online with an undercover officer, whom he believed to be a 13-year-old girl, and continually requested that the “child” send him pictures of herself. To induce such actions, McNaughton sent the “child” numerous images of his genitalia, as well as pictures of child erotica and a photo of child pornography. He also instructed the “child” on how to masturbate and discussed what types of sexual acts he would like to perform on her.
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.
For information about Project Safe Childhood, go to justice.gov.
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