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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Boynton Beach Man Charged Federally For Sex Trafficking, Producing Child Pornography, and Enticing a Minor

A Boynton Beach resident was detained today after being charged federally for sex trafficking, producing child pornography, and enticing a minor.

 

Benjamin G. Greenberg, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Mark Selby, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s, Homeland Security Investigations, (ICE-HSI), and Jeffrey S. Katz, Chief of Police, Boynton Beach Police Department, (BBPD), made the announcement.

 

Marco Vinicio Orrego, 31, of Boynton Beach, Florida, was indicted on charges of sex trafficking a minor, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1591(a), production of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2251(a), distribution of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(2), and enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2422(b) (Case No. 17-CR-XXX). If convicted, defendant Orrego faces a statutory maximum sentence of life in prison. Orrego is currently being detained pending trial.

 

According to court records, including the indictment, from May 2 through May 6, 2017, Orrego prostituted a sixteen-year-old girl using Backpage.com. He provided her transportation and a hotel for these illicit activities, taking all of the proceeds for himself. Additionally, Orrego, had sex with the minor during that same period created videos of the sexual abuse and texted the child pornography to another person.

 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

 

Mr. Greenberg commended the investigation efforts of ICE-HSI and the Boynton Beach Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gregory Schiller.

An indictment is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated June 16, 2017