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Hyattsville Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Producing and Possessing Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 17, 2013

Greenbelt, Maryland - Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Juan Alvizures Oliva, age 30, of Hyattsville, Maryland, today to 12 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for production and possession of child pornography. Oliva will be required to register as a sex offender in the place where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). It is expected that Oliva will be deported upon his release from prison.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Chief Mark A. Magaw of the Prince George’s County Police Department; and Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks.

“Crimes against children and others who are most vulnerable in our community are inexcusable,” said Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark Magaw. “I am proud of the work the Prince George’s County Police Department and our law enforcement partners did to arrest and prosecute Oliva to ensure he can’t harm anyone else.”

According to his plea agreement, on February 20, 2011, Oliva engaged in sexually explicit conduct with a four year old female, whom he was babysitting at the time. Oliva also had the child take off her clothes and expose her genitals and used his cell phone to take a photograph of the child in that state.

On April 4, 2011, Oliva was interviewed and admitted his conduct. Oliva’s cell phone and home computer were seized and forensically examined by law enforcement. The photo Oliva had taken of the victim was found on his cell phone and had also been uploaded onto the computer for availability to distribute.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the "resources" tab on the left of the page.

This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide HSI initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders and child sex traffickers. HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended HSI Baltimore, Prince George’s County Police Department and the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Special Assistant U.S. Attorney LisaMarie Freitas, assigned from the Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, who prosecuted the case.


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