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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maryland

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Baltimore County Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Federal Prison for Production of Child Pornography

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Santos Jovany Quintanilla, age 37, of Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland today to 25 years in prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release, for production of child pornography.

 

The sentence was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning; Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; Special Agent in Charge Andre R. Watson of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Chief Terrence B. Sheridan of the Baltimore County Police Department; and Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger.

 

According to his plea agreement, from 2010 through 2015, beginning when the victim was five years old, Quintanilla sexually abused a young girl, producing images of himself and the victim engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Multiple instances of abuse occurred when Quintanilla visited the home of the victim’s father. On several occasions, Quintanilla was left alone to watch the victim and her younger sister when their father left the house. During these times, Quintanilla sexually abused the victim and took photographs documenting the abuse. Quintanilla transferred the photographs to his laptop computer.

 

In addition, Quintanilla used text messages to ask the victim for additional explicit photographs of herself. When he obtained those photographs, he viewed them and then deleted them. In March 2015, Quintanilla contacted the victim via Facebook and sent her a photograph of a fifty-dollar bill along with the message: “Do you want it? Do you want me to come over?”

 

In addition to photographs of the victim engaged in sexually explicit conduct, Quintanilla also took and possessed 40 images of child pornography, including sexually explicit pictures of a pre-pubescent male.

 

Acting United States Attorney Stephen M. Schenning commended the FBI, HSI-Baltimore, Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Schenning thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Aaron S. J. Zelinsky and Paul E. Budlow, who prosecuted the case.

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Updated May 31, 2017