Previously Convicted Baltimore Sex Offender Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Pornography

Previously Convicted Sex Offender Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Pornography

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Baltimore, Maryland – Daniel Provencal, age 47, of Denton, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to possession of child pornography.  Provencal acknowledged that, at the time he committed the crime, he was on supervised release for a 2006 federal conviction for distribution of child pornography.

The sentence was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Jonathan F. Lenzner; Acting Special Agent in Charge Rachel Byrd of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; Colonel Woodrow W. Jones III, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police; and Caroline County State’s Attorney Joe Riley.

According to his guilty plea, between January and October 2020, Provencal possessed and repeatedly distributed child pornography on a social media provider, using multiple electronic devices and usernames.  Specifically, Provencal used an Internet-based messaging application to distribute depictions, including photos and videos, of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  The child pornography included videos and images of prepubescent minors and videos and images that depicted sadomasochistic conduct.

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On January 24, 2020 and January 31, 2020, the messaging application sent CyberTips to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) reporting two usernames that had uploaded child pornography.  Investigators learned that the IP address used to login to each of the accounts was the same and was assigned to Provencal at his residence in Denton.


Law enforcement executed a search warrant at Provencal’s residence on October 15, 2020, recovering two cellphones, numerous micro SD cards, a laptop computer, notebook computer, and three tablets.  Law enforcement also seized from Provencal’s bedroom a piece of paper that had 26 account usernames and passwords listed, including the two usernames which the messaging application had reported to NCMEC.

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A subsequent forensic review of Provencal’s devices revealed that they each contained child pornography.  In total, the devices contained at least 5,000 child pornography videos.  In addition, at least one video depicts sadistic or masochistic conduct, namely a prepubescent girl bound and in bondage.  The forensic review also revealed that Provencal repeatedly, on multiple devices, distributed child pornography images and videos to other users on the messaging application and engaged in explicit chats in which he discussed his sexual attraction to minors.

As detailed in his plea agreement, upon his release from prison, Provencal must continue to register as a sex offender in the places where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

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Provencal and the government have agreed that, if the Court accepts the plea agreement, Provencal will be sentenced to 126 months in federal prison.  Provencal also faces 12 to 18 months in prison for violating his supervised release, which may be imposed concurrent or consecutive to the sentence in this case.  U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake has not yet scheduled sentencing.

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