April 30, 2024

Flowood Man Sentenced to over 8 Years for Possession of Thousands of Images of Child Pornography

Morgan Howard

A Flowood man was sentenced to 97 months in federal prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release, for possession of abusive child pornography materials depicting minors, including some toddlers, engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

According to court documents, 26-year-old Timothy Daniel Steele a/k/a Timothy Daniel Gantenbein, possessed thousands of images and videos of child pornography depicting adult men engaging in sex with minor children.  Steele was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 13, 2021, and pled guilty on July 7, 2023, to possession of child pornography.

Steele was ordered to pay restitution for $324,876.39 to his victims and pay $5000 under the Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act of 2018. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.

U.S. Attorney Todd W. Gee of the Southern District of Mississippi and Acting Special Agent in Charge Eric DeLaune of Homeland Security Investigations made the announcement.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Flowood Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenda R. Haynes prosecuted the case.

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