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Holladay man posed as 13-year-old girl to collect child porn, charges say

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HOLLADAY — A Salt Lake County man faces criminal charges accusing him of collecting child pornography by posing online as a 13-year-old girl.

Daniel Gibb, 43, of Holladay, was charged Friday in 3rd District Court by the Utah Attorney General’s Office with 13 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Gibb was previously convicted in federal court on child pornography-related charges. His supervised release with federal officials ended earlier this year.

In July, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a tip from Instagram that an image of child pornography had been uploaded to an account. The account was traced to an address in Holladay, according to charging documents.

On Dec. 9, investigators with the Internet Crimes Against Children task force served a search warrant on Gibb’s home. He admitted to both viewing and distributing child pornography, the charges state.

“When asked how he obtained child sex abuse material on social media websites, Gibb admitted he pretended to be a 12- or 13-year-old girl on Instagram. Gibb explained he made his young female persona appear ‘overly sexed’ and chatted with ‘boys.’ Gibb told me the chats were sexual in nature and the ‘boys’ would send him pictures of themselves. Gibb admitted it was possible that some of the boys were younger than 18,” according to the charges.

Gibb said he also used the darknet to obtain child pornography, the charges state.

Thousands of files of child pornography and child erotica were found on Gibb’s cellphone, the charges state. Gibb allegedly told investigators they would find more on his desktop computer.

Gibb also told investigators that “he cannot stop viewing and downloading child pornography, and if released he would continue to do so,” according to a police affidavit.