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John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Daniel Fleischauer, 33, of North Branford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to 168 months of imprisonment, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for enticing minors to engage in sexual activity online.
According to court documents and statements made in court, between approximately 2013 and 2017, Fleischauer communicated with minor females on internet applications, including Kik and Cypher. He met and befriended the minors online, developed friendships with them over time, and then exploited those friendships. At times, his communications with the minor females turned to sexual topics. During these communications, Fleischauer requested, and received, images and videos of minor females engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Fleischauer also sent sexually explicit images of himself to minor females. Fleischauer believed that one of the minors with whom he engaged in this conduct was under the age of 12.
Fleischauer has been detained since his arrest on December 13, 2017. On November 15, 2018, he pleaded guilty to one count of enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity.
This matter was investigated by the Connecticut Human Trafficking Task Force and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with the assistance of the Naugatuck Police Department, North Branford Police Department and Kik Interactive. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anastasia E. King.
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