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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Thirty Year-Old Man Found Guilty Of Transportation Of An 8-10 Year-Old Minor With The Intent To Engage In Criminal Sexual Conduct

SAN JUAN, P.R. – After a four-day jury trial, Randy Charriez-Rolón was found guilty of two counts of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in Criminal Sexual Conduct and one count of possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez. Chief United States District Court Judge Aida Delgado-Colón presided over the trial.

According to the Superseding Indictment, the defendant transported a minor, identified as “John Doe,” to, among other places, a park near his school and to the parking lot of public swimming pool, both located in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, where he sexually abused the minor inside his heavily tinted car.

During trial, the government presented evidence that Charriez-Rolón purchased numerous gifts for John Doe as an enticement for engaging in the illicit sexual conduct and also threatened to harm John Doe and his parents if he did not agree to continue engaging in such conduct.

“This case revealed the disturbing truth that some adults will go to great lengths to sexually exploit minors. The conviction of this predator showed the commitment of our state and federal law enforcement agencies to apprehend and prosecute criminals that victimize our 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 Marshal Morgan and Special Assistant United States Attorney Cristina Caraballo. The now convicted defendant faces a maximum penalty of up to life imprisonment. The sentencing is scheduled for October, 2015, and the defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals.

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Updated June 30, 2015