Florida man accused of threatening to livestream killing of child, family, FBI says

David Patrick Sheffield arrested; more victims possible in case, officials say

MARION COUNTY, Fla. – A Florida man is accused of sexually exploiting children online and threatening to kill one of the children and their family while streaming online, according to the FBI.

The FBI said David Patrick Sheffield was arrested after being wanted for producing and transmitting sexually explicit videos and photos. He faced a federal judge in Ocala on Tuesday.

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The FBI said he has ties to Seattle, Washington, Las Vegas, Nevada, Alaska, Florida and Fresno, California.

The arrest warrant was issued on June 9, 2022, in Chicago after he was charged with interstate communication of threats, according to the FBI.

Sheffield is accused of making “explicit threats to direct and livestream the violent murder of a minor and that minor’s family.”

The FBI believes there may be other victims and is asking anyone who may believe they were victimized to fill out an online questionnaire.

Authorities said Sheffield went by the following aliases: David White, Dave White, Damien White, Damien Donahue, and Craiger Strout.

The FBI said contact may have happened through his social media accounts.

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Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined ClickOrlando.com in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.