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Producer of Child Pornography Sentenced to 264 Months’ Incarceration

March 26, 2010

Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, United States District Judge Carol B. Amon sentenced Michaelangelo Pinzon to 264 months’ imprisonment for his role in producing images of child pornography while the defendant was in Colombia.

The sentence was announced by Benton J. Campbell, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York and James T. Hayes, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Investigations, New York (ICE).

In December 2006, ICE agents executed a search warrant at the defendant’s place of business in Queens, New York, after the defendant accepted a package containing heroin. A search of the location revealed images of child pornography and the seizure of the defendant’s laptop computer. The defendant was arrested on narcotics possession charges, subsequently released on bail, and ordered to return to court to surrender his passport and be fitted for electronic monitoring. Instead of returning to court, the defendant fled to Colombia. A search of the defendant’s computer revealed images of the defendant engaged in explicit sexual activity with several minor victims, ranging in ages of 13 to 15 years old. The investigation further revealed that these images were taken by the defendant on a prior trip to Colombia. With the assistance of the Colombian National Police, the defendant was arrested in Medellin, Colombia, and extradited to the United States.

At his guilty plea proceeding on January 6, 2010, Pinzon admitted that he had taken pictures of himself having sex with young girls while in Colombia.

“U.S. citizens who sexually exploit children will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, whether their victims are in the United States or abroad,” stated United States Attorney Campbell. Mr. Campbell expressed his grateful appreciation to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Offices in New York and Bogota, Colombia, for their unwavering efforts to investigate and prosecute this case, and to the Colombian National Police for their assistance in apprehending this defendant.

ICE Special Agent-in-Charge Hayes stated, “Today’s sentencing ensures that narcotics trafficker and sexual predator Michelangelo Pinzon can no longer threaten American communities. This case is a prime example of how United States law enforcement agencies are partnering with law enforcement around the world to identify and bring to justice individuals like Pinzon who endanger our shared public safety.”

The government’s case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrea Goldbarg.

The Defendant:

Age: 34

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