A Claremore man was sentenced today in federal court for distribution and receipt of child pornography and for possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.
U.S. District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell sentenced Daniel Nathan West, 48, to 78 months in federal prison, where he will receive sex offender treatment. Judge Frizzell further ordered West to pay $12,000 in restitution to victims depicted in the videos and identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Following his prison sentence, West will spend seven years on supervised release and be required to register as a sex offender.
“The sexual exploitation of children is both despicable and criminal. Victims of child pornography are exploited time and again when explicit images of them are produced, shared, and viewed on the internet. This is why the work of investigators, prosecutors and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is so critical,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. “We will never stop our duty to identify and recover victims of sexual abuse. And we will never stop pursuing criminals like Daniel West who exploit our children. We will bring them to justice for their heinous crimes.”
In his written plea agreement, West admitted that from May 17 through Dec. 17, 2019, he knowingly possessed, received and distributed child pornography using computer devices, social media applications and the internet. The files contained images of at least one prepubescent minor and a minor who had not attained 12 years of age. On his cell phone, investigators discovered 100 video files of child sexual abuse, including the rape of infants and bestiality.
West was remanded into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service until transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility.
The Tulsa Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher Nassar and Ryan Heatherman prosecuted the case.