Individual Indicted and Arrested for Child Exploitation and Drug Trafficking Charges; Another Charged with Making False Statements
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Puerto Rico Crimes Against Children Task Force (PRCACTF), along with the Puerto Rico Police Bureau (PRPB) arrested Bryan Xavier Pérez Hernández, 26, from San Sebastián, PR, and Melanie Cruz Clivilles, 31, from Aguadilla, PR, for charges related to the death of 13-year-old female minor G.L.C.C.
According to court documents, Bryan Xavier Pérez Hernández attempted to induce, entice, and coerce a minor, that is, a 13-year-old female G.L.C.C., to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing child exploitation material. Pérez Hernández is also charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and distribution of cocaine to a minor.
Melanie Cruz Clivilles, mother of G.L.C.C., is charged with lying to a federal law enforcement agent. The allegations are that Cruz Clivilles made a materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statement and representation by falsely stating to a Task Force Officer of the United States Department of Homeland Security Investigations that she first met Bryan Xavier Pérez Hernández at the hospital on August 4, 2023, where he arrived with defendant’s deceased daughter G.L.C.C. The statement and representation was false because, as she then and there knew, because she had met Pérez Hernández at the latest in July of 2023, and had been with him during a meeting on August 3, 2023.
If convicted, Pérez Hernández faces a statutory minimum sentence of between15 and 30 years in prison for production of child pornography; and up to 40 years in prison for the drug trafficking charges. Defendant Cruz Clivilles is facing up to five years in prison for making false statements. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
U.S. Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow of the District of Puerto Rico; and Rebecca González-Ramos, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations made the announcement.
Homeland Security Investigations and the Puerto Rico Police Bureau are investigating the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jenifer Hernández Vega, Chief of the Child Exploitation and Immigration Unit is prosecuting the case. The investigation continues.
For more information about HSI’s efforts to protect children from sexual predators, visit https://www.ice.gov/topics/iGuardians; and to denounce suspicious activities call 787-729-6969.
An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Updated September 8, 2023
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