States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|November 3, 2010||
Project Safe Childhood: GUATEMALAN CITIZEN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR TRANSPORTING MINOR FOR ILLEGAL SEXUAL ACTIVITY
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that WALTER AGUILAR, 27, a citizen of Guatemala, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Janet C. Hall in Bridgeport to 52 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release. On July 6, 2009, AGUILAR pleaded guilty to one count of transportation of an individual with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on February 7, 2009, AGUILAR transported a 14-year-old girl from Connecticut to Maryland for the purpose of engaging in unlawful sexual activity.
AGUILAR has been detained since his arrest on February 11, 2009, in Hyattsville, Maryland.
“We will continue to work diligently with our federal, state and local partners to investigate and prosecute crimes that involve the sexual exploitation of minors,” stated U.S. Attorney Fein. “I want to commend the local and federal law enforcement officers in Connecticut and Maryland who were able to quickly locate this minor victim and apprehend this defendant.”
AGUILAR will be deported to Guatemala following service of his term of imprisonment.
This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Connecticut and Maryland, and the Norwalk Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Krishna R. Patel.
U.S. Attorney Fein noted that this prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood Initiative, which is aimed at protecting children from sexual abuse and exploitation. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
To report cases of child exploitation, please visit www.cybertipline.com.
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