PORT SAINT LUCIE RESIDENT ARRESTED AND CHARGED FOR TRANSFERRING OBSCENE MATERIAL TO A JUVENILE
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 the indictment of Hipolito Alejandro Felix, 38, of Port Saint Lucie, on various child pornography charges. U.S. Magistrate Judge Frank J. Lynch ordered Felix detained pending trial as a risk of flight and a danger to the community.
The three count indictment filed on November 18, 2010 charges Felix with attempted exploitation of a child by attempting to produce child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2251(a); enticement of a minor, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2422; and transfer of obscene material to a minor, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1470.
If convicted, Felix faces a statutory minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years and up to 30 years in prison on the charge of attempted exploitation of a child, a 5 year mandatory minimum and up to life in prison on the charge of enticement of a minor, and up to 10 years in prison for the charge of transfer of obscene material.
According to the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, on January 19, 2010, the Port Saint Lucie Police Department received a complaint regarding inappropriate text messages being sent to a 15-year old female victim. Law enforcement reviewed the victim’s cellular telephone and found a photograph of a male holding his erect penis. Further investigation confirmed that the man in the photograph was defendant Felix.
According to in court statements during the detention hearing yesterday, ICE special agents and Port Saint Lucie detectives also found a January 14, 2010, text message sent to the victim’s cellular phone, in which defendant Felix requested nude photographs of the victim.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of ICE's Homeland Security Investigations in Ft. Pierce and the Port Saint Lucie Police Department for their work on this case. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carmen Lineberger.
An indictment is only an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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.