May 16, 2013 in City

Child sex author on the lam shoots self

By The Spokesman-Review
 
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Daniel Lee Camp didn’t appear for sentencing on a federal child pornography conviction.
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A man convicted of federal child pornography charges shot himself at a Nevada motel while on the lam from authorities, according to Eureka County Sheriff’s Office.

Federal agents sought Daniel L. Camp, 33, for nearly a month after he skipped his sentencing hearing in Spokane federal court. He pleaded guilty to sharing and possessing child pornography last year.

Agents learned he was staying at a rural motel in the town of Eureka. Sheriff Ken Jones and deputies closed in on the motel Tuesday to arrest him on a federal warrant.

They saw him peek out the window and then heard a gunshot inside the motel room, Jones said. They found Camp wounded on the floor inside. Medics transported him to a hospital in Reno. Camp’s family members said Camp shot himself in the head and has life-threatening injuries.

Camp is no longer the subject of an active investigation, FBI senior agent Frank Harrill said.

The night before his sentencing, he stole his mother’s car and left a note saying he was going to start a new life.

FBI agents seized the car as evidence.

Camp, a self-published author, depicted sexual situations between a young boy and older men in a 2010 book called “Turning Pink.” It was for sale on Amazon.com but removed last month for violating content guidelines.

His child pornography charges did not stem from the books. However, the books were cited as an aggravating factor during his detention hearing.

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