California man sentenced after traveling to abuse children


SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man who authorities said traveled across the country to sexually abuse children, including a 6-year-old girl drugged by her mother, was sentenced Thursday to federal prison.

Daniel Seibert, 29, of Lake Forest was sentenced to more than 24 years in prison.

Prosecutors said in 2019, Siebert traveled from California to Michigan to have sex with the 6-year-old.

“The victim’s mother attempted to render the victim unconscious by using over-the-counter drugs before having Seibert engage in sex acts with the victim,” said a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office that cited court documents.

Images of the abuse were found by investigators, prosecutors said.

The mother is facing multiple charges of çhild sexual abuse in Oregon state court, the statement said.

In a plea agreement, Seibert also acknowledged that in 2018 and again in 2019 he went to Utah to engage in sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl he met on the internet.

One victim sent Seibert sexually explicit material at his request, prosecutors said.

“Law enforcement later found in Seibert’s possession about 160 images and eight videos of child exploitation material of the victim,” the U.S. attorney’s statement said.

Seibert pleaded guilty in March to producing child pornography, traveling to engage in illicit sex, and using a facility of commerce to induce a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity.