Man Sentenced in New Jersey after Child Porn Investigation Triggered by Report from Minnesota Teen

Daniel Derringer III Photo: New Jersey Attorney General's Office
Daniel Derringer III

February 12, 2018 03:56 PM

A Florida man has been sentenced to 12 years in state prison in New Jersey after pleading guilty to child pornography and other charges in connection to an investigation triggered by a report from a Minnesota teenager.

A release from the New Jersey Attorney General's Office states Daniel Derringer III, 29 of Lake Worth, Florida, pleaded guilty on Nov. 17 to two counts of manufacturing child pornography (second-degree), one count of distribution of child pornography (second-degree) and one count of debauching the morals of a child (third-degree).

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The release states the investigation began when a then-15-year-old Minnesota girl reported to local police she had been coerced into engaging in sexual conduct on a webcam by a person who contacted her online through a social networking site, claiming to be someone her own age. The person, later identified as Derringer, reportedly transmitted a video of another underage individual behaving in a sexual manner to make the Minnesota teenager believe that was who she was chatting with.

After getting her to remove her shirt, Derringer allegedly got on his own webcam, revealed he had been lying about his identity and threatened to post the video of her on the Internet if she didn't engage in online sexual conduct with him.

However, the girl used her cell phone to take a photo of her computer screen with his face visible, and the release states Minnesota police traced the communications to the address of Derringer, who was living in New Jersey at the time.

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The release states forensic examination of computer equipment seized from Derringer reportedly revealed "numerous" incidents similar to what the Minnesota teenager had reported.

"Were it not for the courage of the Minnesota victim and the diligence of our law enforcement team, he might still be stalking young girls instead of serving this lengthy prison sentence," New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal said in the release.

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