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GUATEMALAN NATIONAL PLEADS GUILTY TO PRODUCTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2010

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Anthony V. Mangione, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations, Miami Field Office, announced that the defendant Fabian Andres Maselli-Paiz, 24, pled guilty yesterday to a two count indictment that charged him with distribution of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, §2252(a)(2) and (b)(1) (Count 1) and possession of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, §2252(a)(4)(B) and (b)(1) (Count 2).

As to Count 1, the defendant faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five (5) years up to a maximum of twenty (20) years’ imprisonment, and, as to Count 2, the defendant faces a maximum of ten (10) years’ imprisonment. Sentencing is scheduled for October 27, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Marcia G. Cooke.

The defendant, a Guatemalan national, was in the United States on a student visa and was attending flight training school at “ADF Airways Academy” in Kendall. The defendant was identified by ICE Special Agents conducting an undercover internet enforcement operation targeting persons using peer to peer networks to traffic in child pornography. According to court documents and statements made in court, from about April 24, 2010 through June 2010, the defendant used a peer to peer file sharing program, “Limewire,” to download and distribute videos of child pornography. An ICE forensic examination of the defendant’s computer recovered over 39 videos of child pornography.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by 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 better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

The investigation that led to this case was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to identify, investigate and arrest those who prey on children, including human traffickers, international sex tourists, Internet pornographers, and foreign-national predators whose crimes make them deportable. Launched in July 2003, ICE agents have arrested more than 12,800 individuals through Operation Predator. ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-347-2423. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations in Miami. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Monique Botero Annunziato.

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A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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