PORTLAND, Maine — A South Carolina man was sentenced to 40 years in prison, to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release, for two counts of production of child pornography during an appearance Thursday in U.S. District Court in Portland.
Daniel Cobb, 38, of Rock Hill, S.C. pleaded guilty to the charges on May 30, 2013, U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II said in a news release. U.S. District Judge Nancy Torresen presided at the sentencing hearing.
According to court records, Cobb took several photographs of himself engaging in sexually explicit activity with a 6-year-old girl in September 2011. In January 2012, he took several photographs of himself engaging in sexually explicit activity with an 8-year-old girl.
In April 2012, during an internet chat with Maine resident David Muise, Cobb sent Muise several of the photographs he had taken of the two girls.
In November 2012, a federal search warrant was executed at Cobb’s residence in South Carolina. Investigators found several computers, hard drives and other electronic equipment. Analysis of one of the hard drives revealed numerous digital photographs of Cobb engaged in sexually explicit activity with the two victims.
On the same day, Cobb was arrested on a criminal complaint from the District of Maine charging him with transportation of child pornography.
The men came to the attention of investigators in September after the Portland man allegedly sent a photo of his genitalia over a sleeping child to a Canadian girlfriend in Langley, British Columbia, according to court documents. The woman contacted the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who alerted American authorities.
In an interview with investigators after his arrest, Cobb admitted that he had engaged in sexually explicit activity with the victims and that he had taken digital photographs and video footage of the activity. He described his sexual acts with the victims as “play time.”
Muise, 26, was prosecuted separately and sentenced to 25 years in prison on May 16. He pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, admitting to having taken photos that included an image of his genitals and a naked 4-year-old girl and sharing them with Cobb on the Internet, according to court documents.
The investigation that led to Cobb’s arrest was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.