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Former Director of Administration for customs and border protection lab sentenced for receiving child pornography

September 17, 2010

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Edwin Torres-Feliu, 49, of Woodbridge, Va., was sentenced today to 72 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for receipt of child pornography. 

            Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Shawn Henry, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; and Sheriff Michael J. Brown, Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Claude M. Hilton.  Torres-Feliu was immediately remanded to the custody of the U. S. Marshal.

            According to court documents, Torres-Feliu was identified by a Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force member in Richmond, Va., in April 2010 using a peer-to-peer network to share child pornography files over the Internet.  In May 2010, FBI agents executed a search warrant at the residence of Torres-Feliu in Woodbridge and recovered a very large cache of child pornography being shared by Torres-Feliu on the Gnutella network.  According to court documents, this was the largest child pornography file-sharing case in Alexandria.  At the time of his arrest on May 18, 2010, Edwin Torres-Feliu was the Director of Administration for Laboratory Systems, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  Torres-Feliu resigned from U.S. Customs and Border Protection after his arrest.

            This case was investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office and the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  Assistant United States Attorney Jerry Smagala prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

            A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at or on



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