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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 24, 2017

Thirty-Seven Year-Old Man Found Guilty Of Possession Of Child Pornography

SAN JUAN, P.R. – After a three-day jury trial and four hours of deliberation, Joed Torres-Monge was found guilty of one count of possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez. United States District Court Senior Judge Juan Pérez-Giménez presided over the trial.

According to the Indictment, from on or about March 16, 2015 through May 6, 2015, the defendant knowingly possessed materials, which contained images of child pornography, where the production of such visual images involved the use of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

During trial, the government presented evidence that Torres-Monge downloaded numerous pictures and videos from the Internet depicting minors, in some cases infants, engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

“The conviction of Torres-Monge shows the commitment of our state and federal law enforcement agencies to apprehend and prosecute criminals whose crimes victimize children,” said United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico will continue to prosecute sexual predators in order to protect the vulnerable victims of these crimes, our children.”

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ginette Milanes. The now convicted defendant faces a maximum penalty of twenty (20) years in prison. The sentencing is scheduled for July 21, 2017.

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Project Safe Childhood
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Updated March 24, 2017