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Department of Justice
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Southern District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Davie Man Sentenced to Over 19 Years for Producing Sexual Exploitation Video of 8-Year-Old

Miami, Florida – Yesterday, a federal district judge in Fort Lauderdale sentenced a 22-year-old Davie, Florida man to 231 months in prison for pretending to be a teenager on the internet and luring an 8-year-old child into producing child pornography.

In 2020, Christian Sandoval found the child on-line, through a popular video-sharing application.  Sandoval commented on a dance video that the 8-year-old posted on the application.  The two exchanged phone numbers.  Through a few days of texts, Sandoval convinced the child to create sexually explicit videos of herself and send them to him.  The child’s mother discovered the videos and inappropriate chats and reported the conduct to law enforcement.

In April, Sandoval pled guilty to producing child pornography.  

Juan Antonio Gonzalez, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Miami, announced the sentence that U.S. District Judge Rodolfo A. Ruiz, II imposed yesterday.

FBI Miami investigated the case, with assistance from the Town of Davie Police Department and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jodi L. Anton prosecuted this case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals, who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about the Project Safe Childhood initiative and for information regarding Internet safety, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

You may find a copy of this press release (and any updates) on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls.

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 at http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov, under case number 22-cr-60037.

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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Violent Crime
Contact: 
Marlene Rodriguez Special Counsel to the U.S. Attorney Public Affairs Officer USAFLS.News@usdoj.gov
Updated June 15, 2022