Texas - A 26-year-old former Navy sailor has been ordered to federal prison for
distributing a video depicting the drowning of puppies, announced U.S. Ryan K.
Patrick. Former Petty Officer Third Class Daniel James O’Sullivan pleaded guilty March 28,
Today, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos handed O’Sullivan a 21-month sentence. O’Sullivan will also be
required to serve a term of three years of
supervised release following completion of the prison term.
In June 2016, Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) agents were notified
that O’Sullivan would be in possession of disturbing videos depicting the
torture and killing of animals. Authorities interviewed him at Naval Air
Station Corpus Christi where he was stationed at the time. O’Sullivan admitted
he distributed a video to an individual in Montana that depicted the drowning
of puppies in a river. That individual admitted to receiving the
Law enforcement conducted a forensic search on his digital devices which
resulted in the discovery of the video depicting the drowning of puppies and
other animal crush videos. In one video, a dog’s mouth is closed with duct tape
as it is set on fire. In another, a dog is thrown off a high-rise building.
Other videos depict mice and baby chicks being ground-up in a blender.
Under federal law, it is illegal to depict - via photograph, motion-picture
film, video, digital recording or electronic image - actual conduct in which
one or more living non-human mammals, birds, reptiles or amphibians is
intentionally crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled or otherwise
subjected to serious bodily injury, and is obscene.
This is the second such case prosecuted in this district. The first resulted in a
57-month federal prison sentence and was believed to be the first indicted nationwide
since the statute was amended in 2010.
In September 2017, O’Sullivan received an other than honorable discharge
from the Navy.
O’Sullivan was permitted to
remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility
to be determined in the near future.
the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Hugo R. Martinez is prosecuting the