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May 28, 2015

Former Minister Sentenced to More Than Eight Years for Receipt of Child Pornography

ORLANDO, FL—United States District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza has sentenced Mark Daniel DeHaven (33, Winter Garden) to eight years and one month in federal prison for receiving child pornography.

According to the plea agreement, on April 8, 2014, the Winter Garden Police Department received a report from the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office about a cyber-crime tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The tip concerned child pornography that was being sent or attempting to be sent over the Internet. Further investigation traced the information to DeHaven’s residence. On June 10, 2014, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at DeHaven’s residence and seized several computers and electronic media. Forensic analyses of the equipment revealed that DeHaven had received images depicting children engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Ilianys Rivera Miranda.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the 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 locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

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