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El Salvador National Charged with Posting Child Pornography on Facebook and Illegally Reentering the United States after Deportation

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Central District of California

          RIVERSIDE, California – A Salvadoran national who was deported from the United States in 2003 after being convicted of sexually abusing a child was indicted today by a federal grand jury on charges that he illegally reentered the United States and then posted child pornography on Facebook.

          José Ramón Aguilar-Moreno, 50, who recently has been living in Fontana, has been charged with four felonies: distribution of child pornography, possession of child pornography, failure to register as a sex offender, and being an illegal alien found in the United States following deportation.

          Aguilar-Moreno was arrested on June 13 pursuant to a criminal complaint previously filed in this case. His arraignment is scheduled for July 5 in United States District Court in Los Angeles.

          Aguilar-Moreno illegally entered the United States in 1986 and in 1995 he applied for relief from removal and requested asylum in the United States, according to an affidavit filed with a criminal complaint in the case. In 2000, Aguilar-Moreno was granted relief from deportation and asylum in the United States by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the affidavit states.

          In August 2002, Aguilar-Moreno was convicted in San Bernardino County Superior Court of committing lewd and lascivious acts on a minor, for which he was sentenced to one year in state prison. In 2003, Aguilar-Moreno was booked into federal custody and was removed from the United States to El Salvador.

          In June 2018, Aguilar-Moreno, then residing in Fontana, allegedly knowingly distributed three videos depicting child pornography. Aguilar-Moreno used an alias, “Abel Aguilar,” and posted the videos on Facebook, which later notified the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, court documents allege.

          If convicted of all charges, Aguilar-Moreno faces a statutory maximum sentence of 80 years in federal prison. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison on the distribution of child pornography charge and a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence on the child pornography possession charge.

          An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

          This matter was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the United States Marshals Service.

          This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Eli A. Alcaraz of the Riverside Branch Office.

Contact

Ciaran McEvoy
Public Information Officer
United States Attorney’s Office
Central District of California (Los Angeles)
(213) 894-4465

Updated June 26, 2019

Press Release Number: 19-131