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March 1, 2012

Man sentenced in District Court on child porn charges

Ring of child porn extends internationally, U.S. Attorney says

NEW ALBANY — A Louisville man was sentenced in U.S. District Court in New Albany to eight years in prison for conspiracy to distribute and receive child pornography.

U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett said in a press conference Wednesday at the Lee Hamilton Federal Building in New Albany, that the arrest and Monday sentencing of Danny L. Druck, 58, came after investigators identified him as one of the people involved in an international child pornography distribution ring, which linked him to sites investigated in New Albany.

Druck’s arrest followed the arrest of another man, David R. Bostic, of Bloomington, in November 2007.

Druck was arrested April 7, 2011, in an FBI raid of his home.

According to a release from Hogsett, forensic investigation of hard drives, USB thumb drives and computers in Druck’s home showed he had possession of more than 20,000 images of children, believed to be younger than 5 years old, engaged in sexual activity. Some of the children are believed to be younger than 2 years old.

Hogsett said there’s still more to investigate with this case.

“While this was a successful result, the investigation is ongoing and will continue,” Hogsett said. “We are still pursuing leads in other places.”

Hogsett said there are no charges or evidence that Druck produced any child pornography.

Druck’s eight-year sentence also includes a 10-year supervised release and a $25,000 fine.

Hogsett said while the volume of pornography found was large, he said it wasn’t uncommon for people who deal in child pornography to use more photos as currency instead of money.

He said the email group Bostic and Druck belonged to involved several states in the U.S., but also has members identified from several countries, including Serbia, Sweden and the Netherlands.

“When we announced our prosecution of this child exploitation conspiracy, we made clear that we would follow every lead and prosecute all those responsible, no matter where they were,” Hogsett said. “Our investigation has led us from the Netherlands to New Albany, and we continue to pursue justice for those victimized by this disturbing and dangerous behavior.”

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