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Peruvian Man Sentenced to 17 1/2 Years in Prison for Sexually Exploiting a Child

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio

A Peruvian man was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for sexually exploiting a child, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Cleveland office.

Edwin Franco Rolffo-Zavala, 24, of Novato, California, was found guilty earlier this year of sexual exploitation of a child, transporting visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

Rolff0-Zavala is a Peruvian national who will face deportation upon completion of his prison sentence.

From on or about May 13, 2013, through on or about January 13, 2014, Rolffo-Zavala, used, persuaded, induced, enticed and coerced a minor, that is, a 13-year-old girl to engage in sexually explicit conduct, for the purpose of transmitting a live visual depiction of such conduct, and knowing and having reason to know that such visual depiction would be transmitted, using any means or facility of interstate and foreign commerce, and in and affecting interstate and foreign commerce, according to court documents.

From on or about January 1, 2011, through on or about January 13, 2014, Rolffo-Zavala knowingly transported, using any means of interstate and foreign commerce and in and affecting interstate and foreign commerce, numerous computer files, which files contained visual depictions of real minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to court documents.

On or about January 16, 2014, Rolffo-Zavala knowingly traveled in interstate commerce, from the State of California to the State of Ohio, for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a 14-year-old girl, according to court documents.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael A. Sullivan. The case was investigated by the Akron Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Medina City Police Department.

Updated March 19, 2015