VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A former local Navy pilot and Top Gun graduate who was convicted of trying to engage in child pornography has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.
A federal judge sentenced 31-year-old Daniel Chase Harris Monday after a jury found him guilty back in March, after a 12-day trial.
Harris, who was stationed at NAS Oceana in Virginia Beach at the time, pretended to be a teenage boy to get girls to send him revealing pictures of themselves, then he would threaten them if they didn’t send more. He was arrested by Bedford County Sheriff’s Office in November 2013.
Prosecutors say there were nine victims total, including three from Virginia.
District Judge Mark S. Davis stated Harris’ actions were “sadistic” and equated to “torture.”
After his sentence, Harris will face a lifetime of supervised release.