PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Daniel Leroy Ard, 33, a registered sex offender in Pensacola, Florida, was sentenced today to 180 months in federal prison, after pleading guilty in June 2016 to receipt of child pornography. The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.
During an online investigation, federal agents discovered that on numerous occasions, between June 14, 2014, and May 26, 2015, Ard received or attempted to receive child pornography images and videos. A forensic review of Ard’s laptop computer and numerous hard drives recovered approximately 87 videos and 4,257 images containing child pornography.
The case was investigated by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Pensacola Police Department, and the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey M. Tharp.
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