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Man faces 30 counts of child pornography, Volusia deputies say

Deputies: Charges against Daniel Cravener elevated to second-degree felonies

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EDGEWATER, Fla. – An Edgewater man who was taken into custody in Georgia faces 30 counts of child pornography, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.

Ordinarily a third-degree felony, the charges against Daniel Cravener, 53, have been elevated to second-degree felonies because some of the downloaded images found in his possession included victims believed to be as young as 5 years old, deputies said.

The Sheriff’s Office received a tip in February about the downloading of child pornography, which led the agency's child exploitation unit to link an email address that surfaced in the investigation to Cravener.

Investigators served a search warrant on Cravener’s Edgewater home in April. Deputies said several computers, a thumb drive and memory stick, a cellphone, and various CDs and DVDs were seized.

Investigators filed 30 counts of possession of sexual performance by a child against Cravener. The Sheriff's Office said several of the images contained victims believed to be between the ages of 5-8, including one image that depicted a young girl believed to be between the ages of 7-10 performing a sex act on a dog.

Investigators obtained an arrest warrant Friday. With the aid of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cravener was picked up early Saturday in Georgia, deputies said. He is being held in the Laurens County Jail in lieu of $450,000 bail.