Tyler, Texas (STL.News) – A 22-year-old Harrison, Michigan man has been sentenced for child exploitation violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.
Daniel Wayne Little, II, pleaded guilty on May 13, 2019, to coercion and enticement of a child and was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Jeremy D. Kernodle.
According to information presented in court, over a 10-month period between December 2016 and October 2017, Little pursued an inappropriate relationship with a 10-year-old child. Little used internet applications to find the victim and then sought sexually explicit images and videos from her, demanding specific images and videos and describing the sexual acts that he wanted to engage in with her. Little was indicted by a federal grand jury on Nov. 14, 2018.
This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Tyler Resident Agency and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel C. Kummerfeld.