Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Central District of Illinois
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 5, 2016
Livingston County Man Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison for Distributing Child Pornography
Peoria, Ill. – Daniel W. Craver, 56, of Chatsworth, Ill., was sentenced yesterday to eight years (96 months) in prison for distributing child pornography. The court also ordered that Craver remain on supervised release for 10 years following his release from incarceration. Craver will be required to register as a sex offender.
Craver pleaded guilty on Oct. 14, 2015. According to court documents, Craver was identified after the FBI learned that a computer located within his residence was using a peer-to-peer file sharing program to download and share files containing child pornography. Based on this information, the FBI obtained and executed a search warrant for Craver’s residence on Apr. 9, 2014. During the search, Craver agreed to be interviewed and admitted that he accessed child pornography with the computer in his living room and traded and distributed the images and videos using a peer-to-peer file sharing program.
At the conclusion of the search, the FBI seized numerous items of computer equipment. A forensic examination of the seized items revealed the presence of 665 images and 103 videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
Craver has remained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since he was arrested on Feb. 23, 2015.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald L. Hanna prosecuted the case which was investigated by the FBI and the East Peoria Police Department.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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 to identify and rescue victims.