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Former Hyattsville Man Sentenced to More than 27 Years in Prison for Sexually Exploiting a Child


Forty-Seven Minute Tape of Sexual Abuse of a Child Found in a Dumpster

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November 1, 2010

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced Maynor Quintanilla-Leon, age 25, formerly of Hyattsville, Maryland, today to 327 months in prison, followed by lifetime supervised release, for sexually exploiting a minor to produce child pornography. Quintanilla-Leon is an illegal alien, and as part of his plea agreement, consented to deportation after he has completed his sentence.

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, Office of Homeland Security Investigations; Chief Roberto L. Hylton of the Prince George’s County Police Department; and Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glenn F. Ivey.

According to the plea agreement, on July 8, 2009, Prince George’s County Police officers were informed that an individual had discovered a VCR and videotape in a dumpster that depicted an adult male sexually abusing a young boy. The tape lasts 47 minutes and 37 seconds. During the video, the child refers to his assailant as “Maynor.”

On July 11, 2009, an individual spotted the man from the videotape in Hyattsville and contacted police. Police officers arrived and identified the man present at the location and in the videotape as Quintanilla-Leon.

Police later identified the child in the video, who told police that Quintanilla-Leon had abused him multiple times.

Quintanilla-Leon was arrested in Texas on July 29, 2009, and returned to Maryland. Quintanilla-Leon admitted to sexually abusing the child and throwing the videotape in a dumpster.

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 http://www.justice.gov/usao/md/Safe-Childhood/index.html.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended ICE, the Prince George’s County Police Department; and Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Stacy Dawson Belf and James A. Crowell, who prosecuted the case, and Prince George’s County Assistant State’s Attorney Donine Carrington, who assisted in the prosecution.

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