Jacksonville Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Charge Of Receipt Of Child Pornography
Jacksonville, FL - Joaquin Manuel Marrero (22, Jacksonville) pled guilty yesterday to receiving images and videos depicting child pornography over the internet. Marrero was named in a criminal Information charging that he knowingly received visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct over the internet. He faces a minimum of 5 years and up to 20 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, and a potential life term of supervised release. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
According to court documents, an undercover agent with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HSI) determined that a host 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 located in Jacksonville where Joaquin Manuel Marrero resided.
On March 22, 2012, law enforcement officers executed a federal search at Marrero's residence. Marrero and another individual were present at the residence. Pursuant to the search warrant, the agents seized, among other things, a laptop computer, a desktop computer, and a USB thumb drive. Shortly after the computer media was seized at Marrero's residence, an ICE HSI computer forensics agent conducted a forensic examination of these three items. The analysis of the desktop computer revealed that it contained approximately 116 video files containing child pornography. Nine of the files downloaded by the agent were found, and seven of those files had been copied to the USB thumb drive, which contained a total of 125 videos of child pornography. The laptop computer contained five videos of child pornography. The images and videos depicting child pornography had been downloaded by Marrero via the internet using a popular file sharing program and saved to his computer.
This case was investigated by ICE HSI and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. It is being 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, 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 www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."
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