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Glen Ruben, Jr. Sentenced to 60 Months Incarceration for Receiving Child Pornography from a Minor

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Districts of Guam & the Northern Mariana Islands

          SHAWN N. ANDERSON, Acting United States Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, announced that on June 12, 2017, GLEN RUBEN, JR., of San Roque, Saipan, was sentenced by Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona, of the U.S. District Court in the Northern Mariana Islands, to 60 months incarceration and three years of supervised release.

          This sentence follows RUBEN’s plea of guilty on July 20, 2016, to one count of Receipt of Child Pornography, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252(a)(2). As part of his plea, RUBEN admitted to requesting and receiving one or more visual depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, using a mobile device with Internet access. In addition to the sentence of 60 months of incarceration and three years of supervised release, RUBEN was ordered to register with the Sex Offender Registry in any jurisdiction in which he lives, works or attends school.

          Acting U.S. Attorney Anderson stated, “the receipt of child pornography is an unconscionable offense that targets the most vulnerable persons in our communities. Unfortunately, social media has become a common tool for the circulation of such images. The harm to child victims can last a lifetime. The Department of Justice, in coordination with Homeland Security Investigations, will continue to aggressively pursue those who prey on children through the use of cyber technology.”

          Anderson additionally reminds the public that those who have committed sexual offenses involving children have a duty to register and keep their registration current with the Sex Offender Registry in their jurisdiction, under federal and local law. Sex offenders who travel to the Northern Mariana Islands and who reside in the Northern Marianas must inform the CNMI’s Public Sex Offender Registry where they reside, work, or attend school. They must also periodically update their registration information. The Public Sex Offender Registry was created to protect the general public and victims, by informing the public of the whereabouts of sex offenders. The Public Sex Offender Registry for the CNMI can be found online at

          This prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood (PSC) Initiative, a nationwide commitment to aggressively prosecute defendants who engage in the sexual victimization of children and adults, possess or receive child pornography, and sex offenders who fail to register with the jurisdiction’s Sex Offender Registry.

          The investigation was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney James J. Benedetto.

Updated June 13, 2017

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