EDGARDO SENSI SENTENCED TO 85 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR PRODUCTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AND SEXUAL TOURISM OFFENSES
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations office in Boston, announced that EDGARDO SENSI, 55, last residing in Jensen Beach, Fla., was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Warren W. Eginton in Bridgeport to 85 years of imprisonment for production of child pornography and sexual tourism offenses related to his sexual abuse of minor girls in the United States and Nicaragua.
On July 8, 2010, SENSI pleaded guilty to all four counts of a superseding indictment charging him with conspiracy to produce child pornography, production of child pornography, engaging in illicit sexual conduct outside of the United States, and production of child pornography outside of the United States. Today, Judge Eginton imposed the statutory maximum term of imprisonment on each count of conviction.
“This investigation revealed a more than 25-year history of sexual abuse of minor victims by this defendant,” said U.S. Attorney Fein. “The defendant preyed on vulnerable women and manipulated them so they would and did surrender their young daughters to him. The abuse and the video-recordings of the crimes are horrendous and cruel. Through the excellent investigative work by Homeland Security Investigations and the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, society is protected from a dangerous and serial child predator.”
“HSI will relentlessly pursue predators who sexually abuse children, whether that abuse occurs here or abroad,” said HSI Special Agent in Charge Foucart. “This defendant perpetrated his depraved actions in our country and elsewhere. Today’s significant sentence is fitting punishment for his actions. We will continue to aggressively investigate those who victimize children and will work in partnership with the U.S. Attorney's Office to continue to bring these individuals to justice.”
According to court documents and statements made in court, between approximately 2001 to 2004, while he was a resident of Connecticut, SENSI conspired with a woman to coerce a minor victim girl, who was eight-years-old at the time, to engage in sexually explicit conduct. SENSI engaged in a lengthy grooming process that involved trickery and desensitizing the victim to accept the sexual abuse that she was subjected to, encouraged the victim girl to be filmed while SENSI and the woman engaged her in sexually explicit conduct, and enticed the victim girl to engage in sado-masochistic sex acts.
In addition, in January 2004 in Nicaragua, SENSI seduced a 19-year-old woman, who lived in a remote and destitute area of the country, working as a maid, by promising to marry her and providing her with gifts and money. Through this coercion, SENSI got access to the woman’s 4-year-old daughter, whom he sexually abused. SENSI also videotaped sex sessions that included both the woman and her victim daughter.
The investigation of this matter revealed a more than 25-year history of abuse of minor girls by SENSI. During today’s sentencing hearing, Judge Eginton heard testimony from the foster parents of the girl who SENSI abused in Connecticut when she was eight, and from two victims who were abused when SENSI resided elsewhere.
SENSI has been incarcerated since September 10, 2008, when he was arrested by the Martin County (FL) Sheriff’s Office on State of Florida possession of child pornography charges.
To date, there is no evidence the videotapes that SENSI produced have been possessed by anyone other than SENSI.
This matter was investigated by ICE Homeland Security Investigations in New Haven, with the assistance of ICE HSI in Atlanta and Fort Pierce (FL), the ICE attaché office in Panama and ICE International Affairs in Washington, D.C.; the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Regional Security Office, Managua; the Martin County (FL) Sheriff’s Office, the Jones County (GA) Sheriff’s Office, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
U.S. Attorney Fein also acknowledged the critical assistance provided by the Special Crimes Unit within the Criminal Investigative Division of the Nicaraguan National Police.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Krishna R. Patel and U.S. Attorney David B. Fein.
This prosecution is part of the United States Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood Initiative, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
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