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Jacksonville Man Sentenced To More Than 11 Years In Federal Prison For Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard has sentenced Joseph Rodriguez Fraguada (25, Jacksonville) to 11 years and 8 months in federal prison for receiving child pornography. He pleaded guilty on August 25, 2017.


According to court documents, the investigation began when various members of the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force separately identified a host computer sharing child pornography from Clay County. Further, detectives in Snohomish County, Washington identified the user of the same host computer actively engaging in online chat communications with a 10-year-old child, during which the user requested the girl to take and send visual images of herself engaging in sexually explicit conduct to him. Law enforcement identified the computer user to be Fraguada.


Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, working in conjunction with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant at Fraguada’s residence on April 27, 2017. They located a laptop computer under Fraguada’s bed that was actively running the file-sharing program through which he had been sharing child pornography. Fraguada also had a thumb drive containing a collection of child pornography.


“HSI special agents, with our Clay County Sheriff's Office law enforcement partners, have stopped this predator,” said HSI Tampa Special Agent in Charge James C. Spero. “Protecting the most vulnerable in our society will remain a priority for HSI.”


This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kelly S. Karase.


It is another case 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 Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, 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   

Updated October 31, 2017

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