Man pleads not guilty in Portsmouth Amber Alert case

Posted

PORTSMOUTH — Daniel Berger, 27, of Haskell, New Jersey, pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence today to a federal indictment charging him with one count of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

The plea was announced by U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha; Vincent B. Lisi, special agent in charge of the Boston Field Office of the FBI; Portsmouth Acting Police Chief Jeffrey Furtado; and Col. Steven G. O’Donnell, superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.

According to information presented to the court, it is alleged that on July 24, Mr. Berger traveled from New Jersey to Rhode Island to meet with a minor female he befriended on the internet. He allegedly transported the girl to his residence in Haskell, N.J. with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

Responding to an Amber Alert issued in Rhode Island for the young girl, local, state and federal law enforcement in Rhode Island and New Jersey worked collaboratively and located the victim in New Jersey. FBI agents from Newark, assisted by local and state law enforcement officers, recovered the victim shortly after midnight at Mr. Berger’s residence.

Mr. Berger was detained in New Jersey on a federal criminal complaint issued in Rhode Island on a charge of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. He was transported to Rhode Island on July 29 by the United States Marshals Service and was ordered detained following an initial appearance on July 30 in U.S. District Court in Providence.

If convicted, Mr. Berger faces statutory penalties of 10 years to life in federal prison, up to five years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.

The case is being prosecuted by assistant U.S. attorneys Stephen G. Dambruch and Milind M. Shah.

Portsmouth Police, Rhode Island State Police and FBI agents from Providence and Newark, N.J., were assisted by the New Jersey State Police and officers from the Ringwood, Wanaque, Paterson and Clifton, N.J. police departments.

Comments

No comments on this story | Please log in to comment by clicking here
Please log in or register to add your comment

2016 by East Bay Newspapers

Barrington · Bristol · East Providence · Little Compton · Portsmouth · Prudence Island · Riverside · Rumford · Seekonk · Tiverton · Warren · Westport
Meet our staff
Mike Rego

Mike Rego has worked at East Bay Newspapers since 2001, helping the company launch The Westport Shorelines. He soon after became a Sports Editor, spending the next 10-plus years in that role before taking over as editor of The East Providence Post in February of 2012. To contact Mike to submit information, suggest story ideas or photo opportunities, etc., email mrego@eastbaynewspapers.com.