A federal jury sitting in Norfolk, Virginia has found a former Navy fighter
pilot guilty of 31 counts on a federal indictment, including production
of child pornography, use of a facility of interstate commerce to entice
a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity, receipt of child pornography,
transportation of child pornography, possession of child pornography and
obstruction of justice. Defendant Daniel Chase Harris, a Lieutenant in
the U.S. Navy and a Navy Top Gun instructor stationed at Naval Air Station
Oceana in Virginia Beach, was found guilty after a 12-day trial in the
Norfolk Division of the United States District Court for the Eastern District
The jury was satisfied with trial evidence and testimony that proved that
Harris created fake profiles online, posing as a teenage boy. Using these
false personas, he convinced young girls between the ages of 12 and 17
to send him revealing pictures of themselves, some of which contained
partial nudity. He then extorted the girls to send him sexually graphic
pictures of themselves, threatening them with posting their pictures online
or sending the images to family or friends if they refused.
Three of Harris' victims are from Virginia. He was arrested in November
2013 after one of his victims, a 14-year-old girl, reported his threats
and demands for sexually explicit photos to her family. Bedford County,
Virginia law enforcement, which assisted in investigating the charges,
said that Harris communicated with his victims by means of a fake Facebook account.
According to a Virginia Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney, a forensic
investigation of a computer at Harris’ home showed that he was also
targeting girls across the United States and in Japan.
Harris is scheduled to be sentenced on July 13, 2015 under the federal
sentencing guidelines and other relevant factors.
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