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Former Sailor sentenced for sharing animal abuse video

Posted: 5:22 PM, Aug 02, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-02 18:22:34-04

A former Naval Air Station Corpus Christi Sailor is headed to prison following his conviction for distributing video depicting animal abuse.

According to U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick, former Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel James O’Sullivan was sentenced to 21 month in prison after pleading guilty in March to sending a video showing puppies being drowned to a person in Montana.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service received information in June that O’Sullivan possessed video depicting the torture and killing of Animals.

Authorities interviewed O’Sullivan at NASCC, and he admitted to sharing the video.

Law enforcement searched O’Sullivan’s digital devices, and discovered multiple videos showing the torture and killing of animals.

Under federal law, it is illegal to depict – via photograph, motion-picture film, video, digital recording or electronic image – actual conduct in which one or more living non-human mammals, birds, reptiles or amphibians is intentionally crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled or otherwise subjected to serious bodily injury, and is obscene.

In September 2017, O’Sullivan received an other than honorable discharge from the Navy.