Danero Jason Howard, 41, of Loudoun County was sentenced to 11 years’ imprisonment last Friday in Loudoun County Circuit Court following his conviction in February 2018 on two counts of distribution of child pornography and seven counts of possession of child pornography.
In addition to his prison sentence, the defendant will be required to register as a sex offender. Attorney General Mark R. Herring made the announcement after the defendant was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Jeanette A. Irby.
“With this strong sentence, another predator is off our streets and out of our community,” said Herring. “An eleven-year sentence sends an important message to individuals who exploit children and rob them of their innocence through distribution and possession of child pornography that they will be brought to justice.”
Evidence presented in court showed that the defendant was identified through an undercover law enforcement investigation into the trading of child pornography over a peer-to-peer network on the internet. An investigator tracked the source of the trading to an internet account belonging to a restaurant in the town of Middleburg in Loudoun County.
When investigators saw the source appear on the peer-to-peer network, they immediately visited the restaurant, where they found the defendant, a dishwasher, alone in the basement with his laptop actively downloading and sharing child pornography. The defendant admitted that he owned the laptop and that he was aware of the presence of child pornography on it.
After the laptop was seized, a forensic examination revealed hundreds of videos and images of child pornography, as well as several hundred search terms relating to child pornography that had been used to find files on the peer-to-peer program.