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

Friday, April 27, 2018

Broward County Resident Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Producing and Possessing Child Pornography

Juan Sebastian Chavez, 26, of Fort Lauderdale, was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for possessing and producing child pornography. 

Benjamin G. Greenberg, 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 Rick Maglione, Chief, Fort Lauderdale Police Department, made the announcement.

United States District Judge Kenneth A. Marra sentenced Chavez to 240 months in prison and a lifetime of supervised release.  Chavez must also register as a sex offender.  Chavez previously pled guilty to one count of possession of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(4)(B), and one count of production of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2251(a) and 2251(e).

According to court documents, beginning in April 2014, through September 2014, Chavez persuaded, induced, enticed and coerced a minor female child to engage in sexually explicit conduct.  Chavez captured images of the sexually explicit conduct with his cellular telephone.  Chavez also possessed images and videos of child pornography on his computers.

Mr. Greenberg commended the investigative efforts of HSI-ICE and the Fort Lauderdale Police Department in this matter.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jodi L. Anton and Francis Viamontes.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or on

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Updated April 27, 2018