ex-Dallas police officer has pleaded guilty to possessing sexually
explicit images of little girls, announced U.S. Attorney for the
Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox.
Daniel Lee Collins, a 35-year-old former senior corporal, pleaded
guilty to possession of child pornography before U.S. Magistrate Judge
Jeffrey Cureton Friday morning.
According to plea papers, Mr. Collins admitted he accessed child pornography via his Google email account in spring 2020.
Mr. Collins further admitted he knew the images depicted actual
minors, including a nude prepubescent female, and portrayed “sadistic or
masochistic conduct.” He also acknowledged that on one occasion, he
knowingly distributed a file containing sexually explicit images of a
According to a criminal complaint filed in July,
the investigation was triggered when Google detected sexually explicit
images uploaded to Mr. Collin’s Google account via the City of Dallas’
Google flagged the images – one uploaded on May 13 to an account
tagged “Dan Collins” and two more uploaded on June 29 to an account
tagged “John Smith” – to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which filed a Cyber Tipline report with the Dallas Police Department.
A Dallas IT specialist traced the IP addresses used for the uploads
to the City of Dallas internet network. Investigators determined that
the same Google accounts were also accessed from Mr. Collin’s residence.
Mr. Collins, who resigned from the Dallas Police Department earlier
this week, now faces up to 20 years in federal prison. His sentencing is
slated for Jan. 8, 2021.
Homeland Security Investigations’ Dallas Field Office conducted the
investigation with the assistance of the Dallas Police Department.
Assistant U.S. Attorney A. Saleem is prosecuting the case.