WASHINGTON – Anthony Mangione, 50, of Parkland, Fla., was charged in an indictment unsealed today with child pornography offenses, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Special Agent-in-Charge John V. Gillies of the FBI’s Miami field office and Sheriff Al Lamberti of the Broward County, Fla., Sheriff’s Office.
According to the indictment, between March 2010 and September 2010, Mangione allegedly transported and received visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. The indictment also alleges that Mangione possessed electronically stored messages that contained additional images of child pornography during the same time period.
Mangione was arrested yesterday by FBI agents and detectives from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. He was arraigned today in U.S. District Court in West Palm Beach, Fla., before U.S. Magistrate Judge James M. Hopkins.
If convicted, Mangione faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on the transportation of child pornography charge, and a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on the receipt of child pornography charge. In addition, the possession of child pornography charge carries a maximum of 10 years in prison. Mangione also faces a term of supervised release of five years to life following his prison sentence, and will be required to register as a sex offender in any jurisdiction in which he lives, works or attends school.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
This case is being investigated by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI. CEOS Trial Attorney Andrew McCormack is prosecuting the case.
The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.