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Published On: Wed, Dec 5th, 2018

Child Sex Crimes Offender, David Cohen Convicted for Child Pornography

 A Las Vegas resident with an extensive criminal history of hands-on sex offenses against children was convicted by a jury Wednesday of possession, and receipt or distribution of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson for the District of Nevada.

After a three-day jury trial, David Alan Cohen, 58, was found guilty of possession, and receipt or distribution of child pornography. He was previously arrested for a series of child sex offenses in New York and New Jersey. United States District Judge Andrew P. Gordon presided over the trial and set a sentencing hearing for March 7, 2019.

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The investigation began after law enforcement received a Cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that child pornography was uploaded onto ChatStep, an online chatroom. Law enforcement were able to obtain an address associated with the child pornography that was uploaded. As a result, law enforcement obtained and executed a search warrant at what later determined to be Cohen’s residence. Cohen was interviewed. He discussed his sexual proclivities, prior sex crimes, and admitted that he received child pornography files. A forensic examination of his computer and DVDs found inside the residence revealed files of child sexual exploitation. Eleven items were seized from the residence, resulting in the recovery of over 600 images and video of child pornography.

At the time of sentencing, because Cohen has a prior New York felony conviction for Second Degree Sodomy, he faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison.  The maximum statutory penalty is 60 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the FBI and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Elham Roohani and Allison Reese are prosecuting the case.

If you have information regarding David Cohen, please contact the nearest FBI field office or local law enforcement. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555 or visit www.crimestoppersofnv.com, or contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Cyber Tipline at www.cybertipline.org.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, 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 and for information about internet safety education, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

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