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Former Customs and Border Protection Officer Sentenced on Child Exploitation Charge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Florida

Miami, Florida -- Defendant Fabio Lopez, 62, of Weston, Florida was sentenced last week by a federal district judge in Fort Lauderdale to 10 years in federal prison and a lifetime of supervised release for enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity.

According to court documents, Fabio Lopez, a former officer with Customs and Border Protection, enticed a 16-year-old child into attempting to produce child pornography.   Lopez met the child after befriending her mother while on duty in his official capacity at Miami International Airport. From July 2019 through March 2020, Lopez had a relationship with the child and texted her frequently.  According the factual proffer filed, Lopez fondled the child and offered her money in exchange for letting him take pornographic images of her.  Lopez was arrested in Davie when he arrived to meet with the child.  Prior to his arrival, Lopez had rented a local hotel room for the two and left a bag with lingerie for the child to wear.

Juan Antonio Gonzalez, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Anthony Salisbury, Special Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Miami Field Office, and Vernon T. Foret, Director of Field Operation, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Miami and Tampa Field Office, announced the sentence.

HSI Miami investigated the case, with assistance from U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Professional Responsibility and Pembroke Pines Police Department.  The case was investigated as part of the South Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jodi L. Anton prosecuted the case.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or on under case number 20-cr-60081.



Marlene Rodriguez
Special Counsel to the U.S. Attorney
Public Affairs Officer

Updated July 6, 2021