Burlington man sentenced for possession of child sexual assault material

A Burlington man has been sentenced to federal prison for possession of child pornography.

Donald Dale Ping, 53, was sentenced on January 23 to 60 months or five years in federal prison for possessing child pornography. According to both public court documents and evidence presented at sentencing, Ping was found to be in possession of child sexual assault material.

Law enforcement received a cybertip that Ping had uploaded child sexual assault material to a social media platform. A search warrant was executed on Ping’s social media account and cellular phone because of the tip. The search warrant found child sexual assault material, including images of prepubescent children.

Ping will be required to serve five years of supervised release after he is released. There is no parole in the federal system.

United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement and the case was investigated by the McHenry, Illinois Police Department.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, click here. For information about internet safety education, click here and click on the resources tab.

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