newark man charged with producing child pornography for recording his sexual abuse of girl
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 27, 2013
NEWARK, N.J. – A Newark man is expected to make his initial court appearance today on charges of sexual exploitation of a prepubescent girl after allegedly abusing her repeatedly and filming the abuse, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Pedro Rios, 57, is charged by complaint with two counts of sexual exploitation of a child. He is currently in state custody on related charges and is scheduled to appear in Newark federal court today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven C. Mannion.
According to the complaint:
Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Rios’s home in Newark on Feb. 5, 2013. A forensic review of the computer equipment seized revealed several video files of child pornography which appear to be self-produced and allegedly depict Rios on camera engaging in sexually explicit conduct with a prepubescent female in the rear of a cab of a tractor trailer truck.
Law enforcement officers identified and interviewed a female, who allegedly said Rios would periodically drive her to his tractor trailer truck in Union County, N.J., where he would undress her and have sexual contact and sexual relations with her and record the encounters. Rios allegedly threatened to hurt the victim’s family if she told anyone.
Each charge of sexual exploitation of a child carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI Newark Division’s Child Exploitation Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford in Newark, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray, and the N.J. Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory with the investigation leading to these charges.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Danielle Alfonzo Walsman of the U.S. Attorney’s Office General Crimes Unit in Newark.
The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
13-346Defense counsel: Brian J. Neary Esq., Hackensack, N.J.