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November 16, 2015

Pennsylvania Man Sentenced to 37 Months in Prison for Traveling to Engage in Illicit Sexual Conduct with a Minor

WASHINGTON—Daniel Savage, 33, of Chester Springs, Pa., was sentenced today to 37 months in prison on a federal charge of traveling interstate to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor, announced U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips, Paul M. Abbate, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

Savage pled guilty in September 2015, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He was sentenced by the Honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson. Upon completion of his prison term, Savage will be placed on 10 years of supervised release. He also will be required to register as a sex offender for 25 years.

According to the government’s evidence, on April 14, 2015, Savage contacted an undercover officer with the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, who had posted an ad on a social network site. Over the next several days, Savage engaged in e-mail, phone, and text message conversations with the undercover officer, whom the defendant believed had access to a purported under-age boy. During this period of time, Savage arranged with the undercover officer to meet for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts with the child.

On April 18, 2015, Savage traveled from his residence in Pennsylvania to a pre-arranged meeting place in Washington, D.C. When he arrived at the meeting place, he was arrested.

This case was brought as part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood initiative and investigated by the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, which includes members of the FBI’s Washington Field Office and MPD. In February 2006, the Attorney General created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorney’s Offices, 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 identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov

In announcing the guilty plea, U.S. Attorney Phillips, Assistant Director in Charge Abbate, and Chief Lanier praised the work of the MPD Detectives and Special Agents of the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force. They also commended the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialists Joyce Arthur and Tiffany Jones, Victim/Witness Advocate Yvonne Bryant, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrea L. Hertzfeld and Lindsay Suttenberg, who prosecuted the case.

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