Former police dispatcher gets 5 years in child pornography case

Chicago Tribune:

“By Alexandra ChachkevitchTribune reporter1:57 p.m. CST, February 5, 2014

A former Northbrook police dispatcher who also worked as a paramedic in Northfield was sentenced Tuesday to five years in federal prison for amassing a huge collection of child pornography.

Daniel Berman, 49, of the 2600 block of Lisa Court in Northbrook and formerly of Buffalo Grove, pleaded guilty in July 2013 to one count of child pornography, admitting to having more than 100,000 images and videos of child pornography, according to court documents and officials.

Berman, who was indicted in November 2012, was ordered to surrender on May 14, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office release.

As part of his sentence, Berman was fined $85,000.

He also will be placed on supervised release for 15 years following his prison term, according to the sentence given by U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly.

“The children depicted in these images experienced immeasurable harm,” said Kennelly during sentencing on Tuesday, according the press release. “It’s anything other than a victimless crime.”

Berman’s public safety employment did not play a role in the offense, authorities said. There were no allegations or indications of any sexual contact with minors, according to the release.

The felony charges resulted from an investigation begun after Italian authorities notified U.S.Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations officials that a website containing child pornography had been accessed by a computer with an IP address in Buffalo Grove, according to the press release.

In May 2011, authorities searched Berman’s Buffalo Grove home and seized materials that contained child pornography, including his personal computer, three external hard drives, 14 DVDs and 611 categorized images.

The materials, which were collected between 2001 and 2011, portrayed pre-pubescent children as young as infants engaged in sexual acts with adults and other children, according to court documents. Some items also portrayed violence and bestiality.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children identified some of the victims portrayed in the materials, according to authorities.

Berman served as a full-time dispatcher for the Northbrook Police Department for about 22 years and was a part-time paramedic in Northfield for about 25 years, according to previous Tribune reporting.

In Northbrook, Berman was earning an annual salary of $72,055 when he left his job in June 2011, Tribune reports showed. He also was paid about $20 per hour while employed in Northfield, where he stopped working in August 2011. | Twitter: @chachkevitch

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One comment

  1. 5 years is pretty light considering….

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