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PORT SAINT LUCIE RESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY TO ATTEMPTED PRODUCTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 03, 2011

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 (HSI), Miami Field Office, announced today’s guilty plea of Hipolito Alejandro Felix, 38, of Port Saint Lucie, to the charge of attempted production of child pornography.

Felix faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years imprisonment and a potential sentence of up to 30 years imprisonment at his sentencing on February 28, 2011 before United States District Court Judge K. Michael Moore, in Fort Pierce, Florida.

According to the stipulated factual basis in support of guilty plea, filed with the court today, after the Port Saint Lucie Police Department received a complaint of inappropriate text messages being sent to a 15-year old girl, law enforcement reviewed the victim's cellular telephone and found a photograph of a male later identified as the defendant exposing himself. Felix later admitted sending his nude image of himself to the victim’s cellular telephone. ICE special agents and Port Saint Lucie detectives also found two January 14, 2010, text messages 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.

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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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