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Lejeune official faces exploitation charges

Posted October 13, 2011

— An aide to the commanding general of Camp Lejeune-based II Marine Expeditionary Force has been arrested in connection with a state and federal child pornography investigation.

Capt. Daniel Joseph Nilsson was charged in Pender County on Oct. 5 with six counts of second-degree exploitation of a minor.

The charges followed a three-month investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation. The case has been turned over to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the FBI cyber crimes task force.

Nilsson, who was released on bond, has been placed on administrative duty pending the resolution of the case.


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  • chevybelair57sd Oct 14, 2011

    Internet policing is a joke at best, we need more feet on the pavement and less sitting and hacking. They don't stop access to this garbage just fining the people who look at it, this is worse than the prostitution laws, at least they occassionally arrest the hookers.

  • fayncmike Oct 14, 2011

    "I'm wonder what the bond was and how he got released?

    If he poses no flight risk bail need only be a pittance. For that matter release on his own recognizance is adequate.

  • fayncmike Oct 14, 2011

    I'm surprised that no one has, as yet, called for the death penalty.

  • Viewer Oct 13, 2011

    Really hate to think that he is guilty as charged. We will need to get more information before deciding because we don't know if the prosecutor is grasping at straws (remember the guy in Durham?).

    Could this impact a military career? Obviously, but serious charges like this would impact any professional career, not only the military.

  • SFSOLDIER Oct 13, 2011

    Creepy...he deserves watching closely.

  • love2dostuff Oct 13, 2011

    2nd degree means he downloaded images then shared them with others....doesn't mean he ever came into contact with kids. What a shame though. In his position he was cited for a lot of upward mobility and career advancement. That's all over now. Even if he's found not guilty, the military will likely discharge him. If he's found guilty, then he should be punished.

  • u stand corrected Oct 13, 2011

    Thinking the same thing YNCSW49. @teresaengel it's not that we don't care about the child (ren). Unless you have been in the military, this was a LOT of hard work and time to wash down the drain.

  • Retired07 Oct 13, 2011

    He doesn t deserve a career if this has been going on with these innocent children.

  • Rebelyell55 Oct 13, 2011

    I'm wonder what the bond was and how he got released?

  • BigBangTheorist Oct 13, 2011

    Personally, I am more disturbed about the exploitation of children, rather than worrying about this "person's" military career....