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Raleigh Man Pleads Guilty to Manufacturing Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that in federal court today, PEDRO JAIME ENSENAT 43, of Raleigh pled guilty before United States Magistrate Judge James E. Gates to one count of Manufacture of Child Pornography and one count of Possession of Child Pornography.

Agents received tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) about suspected child pornography being uploaded to a website and tied those uploads to ENSENAT’s residence.  While executing a search warrant, officers discovered that ENSENAT had made two films and taken two pictures of himself molesting a 10-year-old child.

Police arrested ENSENAT and obtained a confession at that time.  Officers performed a forensic analysis of the digital devices found in ENSENAT’s residence during the search and found more than 700 images and 32 videos of child pornography, including images and videos depicting infant or toddlers and prepubescent children.

ENSENAT faces a sentence of not less than 15 years imprisonment up to 50 years’ imprisonment along with a fine up to $500,000 and up to a lifetime of supervised release at sentencing.

This case is part of the Project Safe Childhood initiative, a national program aimed at ensuring that criminals exploiting children are effectively prosecuted by making full use of all available law enforcement resources at every level.  For more information about this important national initiative, go to

Investigation of this case was conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Raleigh Police Department.

Updated April 2, 2018

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