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Executive Arrested For Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 20, 2013

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico —U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents, and officers assigned to the Puerto Rico Crimes Against Children Task Force (PRCACTF) arrested Reinaldo Díaz-Camacho, aka “Rei Díaz”, 48, from Moca, PR, an executive at Pfizer Pharmaceutical, for production of child pornography, announced Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico.

On May 6, 2013, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), San Juan, Puerto Rico, Cyber Crimes Group (CCG) received information from the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD), Sexual Crimes Division (SCD) in Fajardo, PR regarding an adult male who was engaging in sexually explicit conversations with a 16 year-old male minor via Facebook.

On that same date, the victim’s mother was interviewed by HSI Agents.  During the interview, she explained that earlier in the day she had seen a sexually explicit conversation between her son and Díaz-Camacho on the minor’s cell phone. The forensic examination of the minor’s cell phone revealed the presence of sexually explicit images. The minor had received sexually explicit images from Díaz-Camacho via Facebook and text messages. 

After receiving consent from John Doe’s mother, an ICE-HSI Special Agent assumed the identity of the minor on Facebook and continued the conversation with Díaz-Camacho. During the conversation via Facebook, Díaz-Camacho requested that the minor victim send him nude images of himself.   

Diaz-Camacho was brought before U.S. Magistrate Bruce McGiverin for his initial appearance, whereupon he was ordered temporarily detained in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Guaynabo awaiting the outcome of his case. If convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years incarceration and a possible maximum statutory sentence of 30 years incarceration. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marshal D. Morgan.

“The U.S. Department of Justice, through its Project Safe Childhood, will continue prosecuting sexual predators of minors,” said United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez.  “The US Attorney’s Office, along with law enforcement agencies in Puerto Rico, will continue to track down these criminals, arrest them and bring them to justice,” said US Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez.

“At HSI, we have always said that the parents are the first line of defense in protecting our children from online predators,” said Ángel Meléndez, special agent in charge of HSI San Juan.  “If it had not been for the proactive approach of this mother, this minor could still be a victim of this unscrupulous man. Child predators should take note that HSI will not rest until we identify you, arrest you and prosecute you.”
In response to the need for an island-wide approach to fighting the escalation of predatory crimes against children, HSI San Juan partnered with members of local, state and federal law enforcement, as well as local and state government officials and community leaders, to form PRCACTF in June 2011.

Through PRCACTF, local, state and federal law enforcement agencies work together with local and state government agencies to effectively pool their resources to jointly investigate all crimes against children in Puerto Rico. Through the task force, law enforcement officers are encouraged to share evidence, ideas, and investigative and forensic tools to ensure the most successful prosecutions possible. As such, PRCACTF allows law enforcement to speak with one unified voice in defense of the children of Puerto Rico.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-843-5678. 

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