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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Two Arrested On Child Pornography Charges

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – On February 14, 2018, federal authorities arrested Ricardo Barrios-Calderon and Alfredo Santiago-Rosario charging them with child pornography related offenses, announced United States Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted the investigation that led to the arrests.

On February 14, 2018, a criminal complaint charged Ricardo Barrios-Calderon with production of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2251(a) and (e) and with possession of child pornography involving prepubescent minors, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2252A(a)(5)(B) and (b)(2).  

In an unrelated case, on February 14, 2018, a federal grand jury returned a two-count-indictment charging Alfredo Santiago-Rosario with advertising child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2251(d)(1)(A) and (e), and with possession of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252A(a)(5)(B) and (b)(2).

If convicted, both defendants face a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years and a possible maximum term of imprisonment of up to 30 years.  Assistant United States Attorney Elba Gorbea is in charge of the prosecution of defendant Barrios-Calderon and Assistant United States Attorney Ginette Milanes is in charge of the prosecution of Santiago-Rosario.

The public is reminded that criminal complaints and indictments contain only charges and are not evidence of guilt.  Defendants are presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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Human Trafficking
Project Safe Childhood
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Updated February 20, 2018