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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Puerto Rico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 18, 2016

Man Sentenced To 22 Years In Prison For Production And Possession Of Child Pornography

SAN JUAN, P.R. - Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, announced today that United States District Judge Pedro A. Delgado sentenced Noel Aquino Florenciani to serve a term of imprisonment of 22 years followed by 10 years of supervised release. On April 7, 2016, Aquino-Florenciani pled guilty to one count of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

In December, 2015, the defendant was charged for production and possession of child pornography. The evidence in this case revealed that the defendant sexually abused and/or engaged in illicit sexually explicit conduct with at least one male minor and documented his sexual abuse by making visual depictions of such conduct. The defendant had also used peer-to-peer file sharing program and had downloaded child pornography using his laptop and phones. This evidence was discovered during the execution of a search warrant by Homeland Security Investigations agents during which a laptop computer and three cellular phones were seized.

“Justice was done today.  This sentence should serve to reassure the public that we are paying close attention to the well-being of our children, and that we will spare no expense to take child predators off the streets,” said U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez.  “All child sexual predators will be held accountable for the unspeakable crimes they commit and the harm they cause to their victims and their families.” 

Project Safe Childhood is an initiative of the Department of Justice aimed at preventing the abuse and exploitation of children by the use of digital cameras, computers and other digital and electronic media.

The criminal prosecution was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elba Gorbea.

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Updated November 18, 2016