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DA: East Meadow man faces child porn charges

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An East Meadow man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges alleging he downloaded and possessed videos of young children engaging in sexual acts, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said.

Daniel Sherlock, 25, was charged with three counts of promoting a sexual performance by a child as a sexually motivated felony and three felony count of possessing a sexual performance of a child. He was arraigned Thursday at the Nassau County District Court in Hempstead and was released without bail. Sherlock did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Sherlock was arrested after a joint investigation by the US Department of Homeland Security, New York State Police and Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, authorities said. Prosecutors charge that he was found in possession of at least three videos of preteen girls who appear to be engaged in sex acts. According to court papers, the young girls were either alone or performing lewd acts with a man.

Investigators say they believe the girls were between nine and 12 years old. In a criminal complaint, prosecutors said Sherlock “knowingly and intentionally” used his computer to download the files from the internet. Court papers also say he made “statements and admissions” to the investigators.

“Nothing is more painful for law enforcement officers than crimes that target children” said James T. Hayes, Jr., Homeland Security Investigations’ special agent in charge in New York. He said his agency was committed to “taking predators off the street.” In a statement, Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice said: “Child pornography is among the most harmful kinds of exploitation a child can face and we will do everything we can to hold those involved with this despicable material accountable.”

If convicted, Sherlock could face up to seven years in prison and would be required to register as a sex offender. He has been conditionally released to probation after his arraignment, which typically requires defendants to check in with probation officials after each of their court appearances. Sherlock is due back in court on July 8.

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