- Associated Press - Monday, March 9, 2015

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A former instructor at the Navy’s “Top Gun” school has been convicted of child pornography charges.

Daniel Chase Harris of Virginia Beach was convicted by a federal jury in Norfolk on Monday.

Harris was a lieutenant in the Navy who was stationed at Naval Air Station Oceana. Prosecutors said Harris posed online as a teenage boy and would convince girls between 12 and 17 to send risque pictures of themselves.

Prosecutors say he then extorted the girls to send him more explicit images of themselves or he would post the images online or send them to family or friends. Prosecutors said there were nine victims in the case.

Harris faces a maximum penalty of life in prison when he’s sentenced in July.



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