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Press Release

New Jersey Man Pleads Guilty To Traveling With The Intent To Engage In Sexual Activity With A Minor

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

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Rolando Feliciano, 49, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, pleaded guilty today to charges relating to engaging in sexual activity with a 13-year old girl from Fairfax County, Va.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Colonel Edwin C. Roessler, Jr., Chief of Police of the Fairfax County Police Department; and Andrew G. McCabe, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee.

According to documents filed with the court, in July 2013, Feliciano used the website Facebook to contact the 13-year old girl.  Between July 2013 and March 2014, he had nearly daily contact with her using Facebook, Skype, and Facetime.  During their conversations, Feliciano repeatedly requested that she send him sexually explicit photographs and videos.  In addition, on three occasions Feliciano drove from New Jersey to Virginia to meet with the girl.  On two of those occasions he picked her up at her middle school, drove to a nearby park and engaged in sexual activity with her.

Feliciano was charged in a Superseding Information on October 7, 2014 with travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual contact with a minor, and receipt of child pornography. Feliciano faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison when he is sentenced on January 9, 2015.  The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

This case was investigated by the Fairfax County Police Department, and FBI’s Washington Field Office.  Assistant U.S. Attorney’s Matt Gardner and Whitney Russell are prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:14-cr-261.

Updated March 26, 2015