71-year-old Charleston man gets prison for child pornography

A 71-year-old Charleston man was sentenced this week to 2½ years in prison on federal child pornography charges.

Daniel L. Maguire III was sentenced in federal court in Charleston for possession of child pornography, according to U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.

District Judge Sol Blatt Jr. sentenced Maguire to 30 months in prison followed by a lifetime term of supervised release. Maguire was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $8,000 and a mandatory $100 special assessment fee.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing Tuesday established that an undercover FBI agent was able to access files of child pornography being shared on the Internet by a peer-to-peer software user located in Charleston that agents traced through the Internet to Maguire’s home.

Agents then executed a federal search warrant and seized two computers and an external hard drive. Agents conducted a forensic examination of the devices and discovered thousands of still images and videos of child pornography, including of prepubescent minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.