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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

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Friday, May 20, 2022

Hillsborough County Man Sentenced To 17 Years In Federal Prison For Distributing And Possessing Child Sexual Abuse Materials And Ordered To Pay Victims Over $100,000 In Restitution

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge William Jung has sentenced Andres Ivan Leyva Sabina (51, Tampa) to 17 years in federal prison for distributing and possessing images and videos depicting children being sexually abused. The court also ordered Sabina to pay more than $100,000 in restitution to child victims, serve a 10-year term of supervised release, and register as a sex offender.  Sabina had pleaded guilty on January 12, 2022.

According to court documents, on several occasions in September 2018, Sabina used a social media application and the internet to distribute images depicting children being forced to engage in sexually explicit conduct. In July 2019, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Sabina’s residence. Several electronic devices used by Sabina were seized and officers discovered more than 4,000 images and videos depicting children being sexually abused contained in these devices.

“This predator possessed thousands of depictions of child pornography involving more than 150 victims that he collected and distributed on the dark web,” said HSI Tampa acting Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jennifer Silliman. “HSI special agents and Florida Department of Law Enforcement officers worked jointly to shut down this monstrous creature from leaving more child victims in his wake.”

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Candace Garcia Rich.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Criminal Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

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Updated May 20, 2022