California teacher, hockey coach sentenced to 16 years in prison in ‘Mr. Pickles’ child sex abuse case

A former Carlsbad, Calif., teacher and youth hockey coach was sentenced Tuesday to nearly 16 years in prison after being found guilty of luring children into attending school. sexually explicit images And distributed it online.

Daniel Zachary Dasko, 32, reportedly pleaded guilty in April to one count of distributing images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. KSWB-TV. However, he is currently out on bail and was ordered to report to prison on October 3rd.

Dasko is believed to have posed as an adolescent girl on social media to lure minors into sharing explicit material. Only then did he encourage them to send illegal images.

“This defendant is a sex offender who used his position as a teacher and coach to communicate his sexual interests and target children for online abuse,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Andrew Hayden.

“His job was to educate and protect children. Instead, he exploited them. We will do everything in our power to protect children and hold criminals accountable.”

Dasko was arrested in July 2022 after being discovered by the FBI during a separate investigation that he was suspected of being involved in disseminating child sexual abuse material. The report noted that the FBI received a warning in July 2021 about someone who uploaded child sexual abuse material. It was later determined that the man responsible was a teacher in the Philadelphia area.

A search warrant was then issued to search the man’s home in Philadelphia. His iPhone revealed discussions with others about child sexual abuse, including the exchange of sexually explicit images between the group.

The Philadelphia teacher and others he was in contact with spoke to the victims on social media sites posing as young girls, then forwarded the communications to social media applications, according to the report. He allegedly allowed his co-conspirators to communicate with each other.

One of the individuals identified in the group went by the nickname “Mr. Pickle.” Prosecutors said Dasko waived his Miranda rights after he was arrested and confessed that he was the one behind the name.

Dusko then exchanged more than 3,600 messages with a Philadelphia man, including numerous images and videos depicting children being sexually abused. It became clear.

The report noted that many of the conversations between Dusko and the Philadelphia men went into “graphic and disturbing details,” including his attraction to boys and attempts to “catfish” them. did.

“Crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children are particularly abhorrent and alarming,” said FBI San Diego Special Agent in Charge Stacey Moy. “I am proud of the hard work our investigators and law enforcement partners have done to bring these criminals to justice for their heinous acts.”

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