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Ex-paramedic pleads guilty in child-porn case

Updated: May 29, 2014 4:32PM



A 48-year-old north suburban man who worked as a 911 dispatcher in Northbrook and a paramedic in Northfield pleaded guilty to having tens of thousands of images and videos of child pornography.

Daniel L. Berman, of Northbrook, pleaded guilty on July 2 to receiving child pornography and faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced Sept. 24, the U.S. Attorney’s office said Tuesday.

The former Buffalo Grove resident admitted in his plea agreement that from 2001 until May 2011, he used the Internet to download images and videos of children as young as infants engaged in all types of sexual behavior, including oral sex and sadism, sometimes with adults and sometimes with other children.

The plea agreement also states that Berman visited websites and chat rooms dedicated to child pornography and other sites, including Yahoo, to take part in chats and role-playing games with prepubescent girls under the online name jengurl19.

A Department of Homeland Security investigation in 2011 brought Berman to the attention of investigators, and when they searched his home, they found a huge cache of child porn, including more than 100,000 image and video files downloaded to his PC, three external hard drives, and at least 14 CDs and DVDs, according to court records.

They also found a binder filled with more than 600 child-porn images that had been printed and placed in plastic sheets, records show. He also shared his porn files from 2005-2011 on the website Limewire, the agreement states.

Berman was a dispatcher for the Northbrook Police Department, where he worked for more than 20 years before leaving in 2011. Over the same period, he served as a part-time paramedic in Northfield. Berman left both jobs in 2011 and was indicted in November 2012.

Federal sentencing guidelines call for a minimum of five years and a maximum of 20 years, with a fine of up to $250,000 and restitution for victims. In the plea agreement, the defense is asking for a sentence of about 10 to 12 1/2 years. The prosecution is asking for a range of 12 1/2 to 15 1/2 years.



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