Daphne Hearn, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the San Diego FBI Office, announces the arrest of Daniel Anthony Nemanich of San Diego.
Nemanich was arrested early Friday morning, July 27, 2012, at his residence without incident. Nemanich was arrested by FBI agents assigned to the FBI’s Cyber Crime Squad.
According to the criminal complaint filed in this matter, Nemanich is charged with violating Title 18, United States Code (U.S.C.), Section 2252(a)(2), receipt of images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
The FBI initiated an investigation into this matter earlier this year after receiving information from a security engineer with a local company. Based upon this information and additional investigation, the FBI obtained a search warrant for the residence of Daniel Anthony Nemanich.
On February 22, 2012, FBI agents served a federal search warrant at Daniel Anthony Nemanich’s residence. Seized during this search warrant were computers, external and internal hard drives, and other loose media and digital devices. Subsequent forensic analysis of the digital media seized from Nemanich’s residence revealed thousands of images and videos depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
Following his arrest, Nemanich was booked into the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) where he remains in custody. Nemanich is expected to have his initial appearance before a U.S. Magistrate Judge on Monday, July 30, 2012.
This investigation was conducted under the FBI’s Innocent Images National Initiative (IINI). The mission of the IINI is to reduce the vulnerability of children to acts of sexual exploitation and abuse that are facilitated through the use of computers; to identify and rescue child victims; to investigate and prosecute sexual predators who use the Internet and other online services to sexually exploit children for personal or financial gain; and to strengthen the capabilities of federal, state, local, and international law enforcement through training programs and investigative assistance.
Since its inception, the IINI program has continued to grow exponentially, seeing an increase from approximately 80 pending cases in fiscal year 2001 to approximately 5,900 through fiscal year 2012. Also between the years of 2001 to 2011, the IINI program has recorded the following statistical accomplishments:
Approximate number of informations and indictments: over 10,000
Approximate number of arrests: over 11,000
Approximate number of convictions: 11,400
This case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.