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United States of America v. Daniel A. Betty
Judge: James E. Shadid
Court: United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office, Peoria, Illinois (Peoria County)
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Description: Peoria, IL Criminal Law, Sexual Exploitation, Enticing
The United States of America charged Daniel A. Betty, ate 28, with sexually exploiting and enticing a 14-year-old girl in September and October 2019.
Betty admitted that he posed as a teenaged boy in a social application known as ‘Spotafriend’ to target minors and meet for sexual activity and to send him sexually explicit images. ‘Spotafriend’ advertises itself as a “swiping app for teens ages 13-19,” that uses internet and cellular data to connect individuals.
Betty entered his formal pleas of guilty yesterday to two counts of sexual exploitation of a child, one count of enticement of a minor, and one count of receipt of child pornography as charged in the indictment returned by the grand jury in January 2020.
Betty has remained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest on Dec. 16, 2019.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Elly M. Peirson represented the government in the prosecution. The charges were investigated by the Champaign Police Department, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, and the Decatur Police Department, in cooperation with the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to serve 22 years' in prison.