North Carolina Man Charged In Child Exploitation Case
PHILADELPHIA - Ivan Zubiaga, 51, of Waxhaw, NC, was charged today by indictment with one count of transporting images of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct and one count of possession of images of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.
If convicted the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 40 years in prison, with a mandatory minimum sentence of five years, a mandatory minimum term of five years of supervised release up to a lifetime of supervised release, a $500,000 dollar fine, and a $200 special assessment.
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 (CEOS), 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 was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, with assistance from Customs and Border Protection, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael L. Levy.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.