WASHINGTON – Anthony Mangione, 51, of Parkland, Fla., pleaded guilty today to one count of transportation of child pornography, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey C. Mazanec of the FBI’s Miami Field Office and Sheriff Al Lamberti of the Broward County, Fla., Sheriff’s Office.
Mangione pleaded guilty today before U.S. Magistrate Judge James M. Hopkins in U.S. District Court in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was taken into custody pending sentencing.
According to court documents, between March 2010 and September 2010, Mangione transported visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
Mangione faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of 20 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. Sentencing has been scheduled for Oct. 5, 2012.
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’s Miami Field Office. Assistant Deputy Chief Alexandra R. Gelber and Trial Attorney Michael Grant of the Criminal Division’s CEOS are prosecuting the case.