Oct. 2, 2009
PERUVIAN NATIONAL TO BE HELD IN CUSTODY PENDING TRIAL ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES
(HOUSTON) - Luis Arturo Infante, 50, a Peruvian national and lawful permanent resident living in Palm Springs, Calif., has been ordered held without bond by U.S. Magistrate Judge John Froeschner on charges of transportation of child pornography, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. The decision to deny Infante bond pending further criminal proceedings was handed down this morning.
Infante was arrested on Sept. 26, 2009, after arriving in the United States at Bush Intercontinental Airport on a Continental flight from Lima, Peru. According to the criminal complaint filed on Sept. 28, 2009, Infante is a lawful permanent resident and had a connecting flight to California where he resides.
Upon his arrival to the United States and during the course of a regular Customs inspection, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers found numerous compact discs and digital video discs in luggage and personal effects that the criminal complaint alleges belonged to Infante.
CBP contacted Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents who previewed approximately 21 compact and digital video disks. Digital images and/or videos depicting child pornography were found on each, according to the allegations in the criminal complaint, including adult males engaged in sexual intercourse and oral sex with prepubescent females and bondage.
The offense of transportation of child pornography carries a sentence, upon conviction, of five years up to 20 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000. The potential sentence also permits a court to impose a maximum life-term of supervised release during which the court can impose a number of special conditions designed to protect children and prohibit the use of the Internet following the completion of any prison term imposed.
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, 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.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sherri Zack and Bob Stabe.
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