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Man Indicted and Arrested for Child Exploitation

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Puerto Rico
FBI continues with the investigation and is searching for possible victims.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A federal grand jury in the District of Puerto Rico returned an indictment charging Ángel Alexis Vázquez Sánchez, 25, of Jayuya, PR, for child exploitation.

According to court documents, from December 2021 throughout May 2023, Ángel Alexis Vázquez Sánchez sexually exploited four different minor females, between the ages of 12 and 16, with the intent that the minors engage in sexual activity, and to obtain sexually explicit images of the minors.

Ángel Alexis Vázquez Sánchez is facing four counts of coercion and enticement of a minor for using a cellular phone, instant messaging services, and social media to engage in sexual activity and to engage in sexually explicit conduct with four different female minors; four counts of sexual exploitation of children for engaging in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of such conduct; and two counts of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

“Once again we call on all citizens:  If you see something, say something,” said United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow.  “Those who engage in child exploitation and create child sexual abuse material will be tracked down and held accountable for their heinous conduct.”

“This case is an example that if we all work together by sharing information and using our common sense to report something that just doesn’t seem right, we can save children from sex predators. We want to thank our HUD-OIG colleagues who understood the importance of collaboration and worked hand in hand with our team to make this investigation possible,” said Joseph González, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI San Juan. “The investigation is ongoing, and we need the public to come forward and be a part of the solution. If you have been a victim of this subject or know someone who may have been, call 787-987-6500. The FBI San Juan Crimes Against Children and Human Trafficking Squad works around the clock to detect, locate, and arrest sexual predators.”

“Today’s arrest reflects the unwavering commitment of our agents to seek justice for victims and hold bad actors accountable for this conduct,” said Acting Special Agent-in-Charge, Daniel López with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Inspector General (OIG), Southeast Region. “HUD OIG will continue to work with our prosecutorial and law enforcement partners to protect the integrity of HUD’s programs and ensure our communities are safe.”

The defendant is scheduled for his initial court appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Marshal D. Morgan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. If convicted for the charges of coercion and enticement and transportation of minor to engage in illicit sexual conduct, the defendant faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of ten years up to life, and for production of child pornography he faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of fifteen years up to 30 years; all charges followed by a term of supervised release of no less than 5 years up to life. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The FBI is investigating the case. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Inspector General (OIG) provided significant assistance during the ongoing investigation.

Assistant US Attorney (AUSA) Jenifer Y. Hernández-Vega, Child Exploitation and Immigration Unit Chief, is prosecuting the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

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 March 5, 2024

Project Safe Childhood
Press Release Number: 2024-013