WASHINGTON – Two men from Indiantown, Fla., entered guilty pleas today in the Southern District of Florida for the production and receipt of child pornography, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta for the Southern District of Florida announced today.
Leonard Addison Parks, 24, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to use, induce, and persuade a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct. Salvador Pascual Aguirre, 23, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted receipt of child pornography.
On October 4, 2007, Parks, Aguirre, and Randy Charles Harris, 37, of Indiantown, were charged in a superseding indictment with child pornography offenses. The indictment charged Parks with conspiring with Harris to produce visual depictions of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct between approximately January 2005 and June 2007. The superseding indictment also charged Aguirre with receiving or attempting to receive child pornography from Harris during that same time period.
Parks faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine. Aguirre faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and a maximum of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine. Both defendants face a term of supervised release of between five years to life. Sentencing has been scheduled for Jan. 7, 2008.
Harris pleaded guilty on Oct. 15, 2007, to one count of using a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct and one count of conspiracy for the same conduct. Harris faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years in prison for the production of child pornography, up to a $250,000 fine, and a term of supervised release of between at least five years to life. Harris is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 4, 2008.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Corey Steinberg and Trial Attorney Elizabeth M. Yusi of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division. The case is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.