Chugiak man indicted for sexually exploiting children

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    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Feb. 23, 2023, charging Jeremy Scott Daniels, 37, of Chugiak, for crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children

    The indictment and additional details set out in court documents filed by the government allege that, in Dec. 2021, Daniels communicated used social media to entice and induce a minor to engage in sexually explicit activity and produce child pornography with him. The filings further allege that in Oct. 2010, Daniels communicated online with undercover law enforcement, unbeknownst to him, and attempted to entice a fictitious child, whom he believes to be an eight-year-old girl, to engage in sexually explicit activity with him.

    The same filings also allege that Daniels distributed, received, and possessed child pornography at various points throughout 2020 and 2022. Between May and June 2020, on ten occasions, Daniels used the messaging app Kik to transmit child pornography videos to other users.

    On Jan. 28, 2022, the date of Daniels's arrest, the FBI also recovered child pornography involving prepubescent minors on Daniels's cellphone. Daniels was previously taken into federal custody on Jan. 28, 2022, following the government's filing of a complaint. The indictment charges Daniels with production of child pornography; coercion and enticement; and distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography.

    The defendant previously made his initial court appearance on the complaint on Feb. 2, 2022, before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge Matthew M. Scoble of the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska. 

    If convicted, Daniels faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years imprisonment and a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and either statutory factors.

    If the public has any further information regarding Daniels's activities, they may contact the FBI field office in Anchorage at 907-276-4441.

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