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QUESTION: Back in March, a story was posted on SacBee regarding Daniel McGrath, who pleaded guilty to child porn charges. His sentencing was supposed to occur by now. Is there any update to the story?
Submitted by: dnagrl, Sacramento
ANSWER: Daniel Harrison McGrath of Roseville pleaded guilty in federal court in Saramaento in March to posessing child pornography.
He was to have been sentenced Sept. 13, but according to U.S. District Court online records, sentencing has been postponed to Dec. 13.
More than 3,000 images and videos of child pornography were discovered during a police investigation into the death of McGrath's 2-year-old granddaughter. McKinley Wilder's body was found in McGrath's home April 4, 2012. Denise Marie McGrath Wilder, the child's mother and McGrath's daughter, was charged with cruelty to a child and neglect in connection with the youngster's death.
McGrath was out of town when the child was found dead at his home. According to police, Wilder had been the only adult present with McKinley and a 5-year-old daughter over the previous two days.
According to federal court documents, during an audio and videotaped interview about McKinley's death, law enforcement officers told McGrath that a search warrant would be executed and that his computers would be taken as part of the investigation. McGrath told authorities that he had "sensitive" information on the computers and then admitted that he had files of child pornography on them.
Denise Wilder pleaded no contest in May to two counts of felony child abuse and one count of child neglect resulting in the death of a child. According to Placer County Superior Court online records, she is to be sentenced Oct. 7.
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