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Gainesville man sentenced to four years state prison in child pornography case

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Daniel Deaton, 33, was sentenced today to 4 years in state prison on child pornography charges as a result of a plea deal.

Five counts of possession of child pornography were filed on April 6, following what Gainesville Police Department referred to as a “peer-to-peer Dark Web investigation.” A warrant for Deaton’s arrest that specified release on his own recognizance was issued on April 7. The warrant said that the case was initiated through the U.S. Attorney’s Office and that “Pursuant to plea negotiations between the US Attorney’s Office, the State Attorney’s Office, and the Defendant’s Attorney, the Defendant will be accepting a plea offer through a State case rather than the Federal case. Defendant has one prior DUI in his history and has been on pre-trial release for the corresponding federal case since 2021.”

Deaton was arrested on April 9 and released on his own recognizance. He pleaded nolo contendere to three of the counts on April 12 in exchange for a sentence of 4 years in state prison. The maximum sentence for the original charges could have been as much as 45 years. Judge David Kreider signed off on the plea deal.

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