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Kingsland Man Sentenced To 90 Years In Prison
For Producing Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 5, 2012


BRUNSWICK, GA: ANGEL LUIS RIVERA, 41, of Kingsland, Georgia, was sentenced today by Chief United States District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood to 90 years in prison for his sexual exploitation of minors through the production of numerous images of child pornography. Evidence presented at the guilty plea and sentencing hearings showed that on more than 22 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, “Despicable acts like those engaged in by this Defendant and those like him demand the severest period of confinement allowed by law. The vile sexual exploitation of children cannot be tolerated by any society. Protecting this country’s children is the highest priority for the Department of Justice and this United States Attorney’s Office.”
“The sexual exploitation of children is a heinous crime committed by members of society whom we cannot allow to live freely among us,” said Brock D. Nicholson, special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Atlanta. “HSI will continue to work closely with partners like the Kingsland Police Department and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia to aggressively pursue, arrest and prosecute child predators who seek to exploit our most innocent and vulnerable.”

Kingland Police Chief Darryl Griffis added, “The investigation and prosecution of these types of predators are a top priority for Kingsland Police Department. Offenses of this nature are the worse type of crime a human being can commit against an innocent child. Safety of our children is a paramount concern of mine and I'll do everything possible to prevent these senseless acts. This was a cooperative local and federal law enforcement effort and I appreciate the invaluable assistance of HSI and the U.S. Attorney's office.” Each count to which RIVERA pleaded guilty carried 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 was also ordered to register as a sex offender.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a unified and comprehensive strategy to combat child exploitation. Initiated by the Department of Justice in May, 2006, Project Safe Childhood combines law enforcement efforts, community action, and public awareness to reduce the incidence of sexual exploitation of children. 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, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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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