Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Alyssa D. Erich’s, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI), Daniel V. Garcia, Chief, Phoenix Police Department, and J. Michelle Morris, Chief, Sebastian Police Department, announce the indictment of Alfred E. Daking Jr., 69, of Sebastian, Florida. Diking made his initial appearance in court today before U.S. Magistrate Frank J. Lynch, Jr., in Ft. Pierce. Daking was initially arrested on September 5, 2012, on a federal criminal complaint and has been detained since then.
The two-count indictment charges Daking with transportation of child pornography via the internet, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(1), and possession of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(4)(B). If convicted of the transportation charge, Daking faces a possible statutory maximum sentence of up to twenty years in prison. If convicted of the possession charge, he faces a possible statutory maximum sentence of up to ten years in prison. Daking also faces a possible lifetime of supervised release and registration as a sex offender.
According to the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Daking was communicating via the internet with a 13 year old boy from Phoenix, Arizona. Daking allegedly sent the boy more than 500 emails, attaching child and adult pornography to some of them. During the investigation, Phoenix Police Department officers confirmed that the emails were sent from Daking’s residence in Sebastian, Florida.
On September 5, 2012, agents from ICE-HSI, the Sebastian Police Department, and the Phoenix Police Department executed a federal search warrant on Daking’s residence ion Sebastian. Law enforcement searched Daking’s computer and found approximately 20 images of child pornography.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of ICE-HSI, the Phoenix Police Department, and the Sebastian Police Department for their work on this case. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Diana M. Acosta.
An indictment is only an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.