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 Two men from the Quad City area have been sentenced on sex charges involving children in investigations aided by Project Safe Childhood.  

According to a release from the U.S. District Court in Illinois, 22-year-old Daniel Becker, Jr., 22, of Carbon Cliff, Ill. was sentenced for sexual exploitation of minors and possession of child pornography.

Back in January, Becker pleaded guilty to the charges after his arrest in March, 2013. According to court documents, Becker blackmailed minor females via social networking websites to send him photographs and videos of the girls engaged in sexually explicit acts. Becker then threatened the girls that he would publicly post the photos online unless the girls produced and sent more photographs to him.  

Becker has been sentenced to 24 years, 5 months in federal prison followed by another 20 years of supervision after his release from prison.

In a separate and unrelated case, a Moline man was also sentenced this week on sex charges. 26-year-old Daniel C. McLeod pleaded guilty to the unlawful transportation of a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

McLeod was accused of traveling to Iowa in December 2012 and picking up a 13-year-old girl and taking her back to Moline to have sex with her. The teen stayed with McLeod for approximately two weeks until the victim notified family members. During that time, McLeod admitted he had sex with the minor multiple times and occasionally recorded the activity using his cell phone.

He was sentenced to spend 16 years, 8 months in federal prison

The court says these investigations were aided by 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. 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.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.



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