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Kingsland Man Pleads Guilty To Three Counts Of
Producing Child Pornography

April 10, 2012

BRUNSWICK, GA: ANGEL LUIS RIVERA, 41, of Kingsland, Georgia, pleaded guilty yesterday before United States District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood to three counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor in relation to his production of numerous images of child pornography. Evidence presented at the guilty plea hearing showed that on a number of occasions between 2009 and 2010 RIVERA sexually molested three children under the age of 14 in order to create pictures and videos of that conduct.
The charges against RIVERA arose out of a joint investigation by the Kingsland Police
Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security
Investigations (HSI).

United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver said, “This defendant violated the innocence of children. His acts were despicable and they demand the severest punishment allowed by law. Swift aggressive prosecution of child predators will be one of the standards by which this United States Attorney’s Office will and should be measured. Protecting this country’s children is the highest priority for the Department of Justice and this United States Attorney’s Office.”

“While it is heartbreaking to discover evidence of innocent children being sexually exploited, it strengthens the resolve of law enforcement to investigate child pornography crimes,” said Brock D. Nicholson, special agent in charge of HSI Atlanta. “I applaud the diligence and commitment of the Kingsland Police Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia in working with HSI to investigate this case and bring the defendant to justice. We will continue to dedicate our resources and track down those individuals who are involved in the underworld of child pornography.” Nicholson oversees ICE HSI activities in Georgia and the Carolinas.

Kingsland Police Chief Darryl Griffis added, “This investigation and subsequent conviction is an example of the Kingsland Police Department’s continuing commitment and cooperation with federal law enforcement agencies to protect our most valuable community asset, our children.”

Each count to which RIVERA pleaded guilty carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, followed by at least 5 years of supervised release. RIVERA will also be required to register as a sex offender. The date for RIVERA’s sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Tarver commented that this case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, which is a nationwide U.S. Department of Justice initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, 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 identify and rescue victims.

The lead prosecutor in this case is Assistant United States Attorney Nancy Greenwood who serves as the Deputy Criminal Chief and Project Safe Childhood Coordinator for the Southern District of Georgia. For additional information, please contact First Assistant United States Attorney James D. Durham at (912) 341-7842.


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