A 29-year-old Lexington man plead guilty in federal court yesterday to possession of child pornography. Daniel Wayne Lindler will now await sentencing from U.S .District Court Judge Joseph F. Anderson, who accepted Lindler’s plea. The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. First Assistant United States Attorney for South Carolina, Kevin McDonald, says the initiative began in 2006 and was started by the U.S. Department of Justice.
“In 2006, the (U.S.) Department of Justice, nationwide, saw approximately 1,600 prosecutions,” says McDonald. “Since the introduction of Project Safe Childhood, there has been a 33 percent increase. In 2008, more than 2,200 indictments were filed.”
McDonald says that prosecuting child predators is a priority for the U.S . Attorney’s Office in South Carolina. “We have four offices across the state and each one of those offices is very active in prosecuting child pornography or interstate sexual predator cases.
“So it is a priority of our office and it is a focus that we try to meet.”
He says that since the inception of Project Safe Childhood, there has been a positive impact. “The good news is that these prosecutions are a priority of our office. The sentences that come with these convictions are usually lengthy and we hope that the message gets out to anyone that might be considering in engaging in child exploitation or enticement that they’ll take notice of this and realize that they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” he says.