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Jacksonville Man Sentenced To Six Years In Federal Prison For Receiving Child Pornography Over The Internet

December 12, 2012

Jacksonville, FL - United States District Judge Harvey E. Schlesinger today sentenced Joaquin Manuel Marrero (22, Jacksonville) to 6 years in federal prison for receiving videos depicting child pornography over the Internet. He was also ordered to serve a 15-year term of supervised release, following his release from prison, and to register as sex offender.

According to court documents, a special agent with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) determined that a computer using a particular Internet Protocol (IP) address, in Jacksonville, was hosting child pornography on the Internet. The agent was able to download several videos depicting child pornography from the host computer. Further investigation revealed that this IP address was being used by an occupant at an address in Jacksonville, Florida, where Joaquin Manuel Marrero resided.

On March 22, 2012, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Marrero's residence, where Marrero and another individual were present. Pursuant to the search warrant, the agents seized, among other things, a laptop computer, a desktop computer, and a USB thumb drive. Shortly thereafter, a forensic analysis was conducted of the three items. The analysis revealed that they contained a total of 246 videos, each depicting children being sexually abused. Marrero admitted that he downloaded these videos from the Internet.

“Receiving child pornography is not a victimless crime,” said Sue McCormick, special agent in charge of HSI Tampa. “Child predators take note. You cannot hide. We will find you and ensure that you are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.

It is another case 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 the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab "other resources."









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