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JULY 27, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FORT WASHINGTON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Greenbelt, Maryland - Ernesto Cacanindin, age 46, of Fort Washington, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to producing child pornography.
The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Special Agent in Charge Richard A. McFeely of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
According to Cacanindin’s plea agreement, the FBI was notified on May 12, 2010 that pictures containing child pornography were found in Cacanindin’s workspace at a law firm in the District of Columbia where Cacanindin had been terminated from employment. Employees had discovered an envelope containing 20 Polaroid pictures while cleaning out Cacanindin’s desk following his dismissal. Nine of those pictures depicted closeup views of a female child’s genitalia, and five pictures showed Cacanindin performing oral sex on the victim. The victim was between 12 and 15 years old at the time the pictures were taken. Cacanindin admitted that he performed and photographed the sexual acts at his home, five or six years ago.
Cacanindin faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte scheduled sentencing for November 2, 2010 at 9:30 a.m.
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. Details about Maryland’s program are available at www.justice.gov/usao/md/Safe-Childhood/index.html.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam K. Ake, who is prosecuting the case