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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 2, 2015

Miami-Dade County Man Sentenced to 300 Months for Receiving and Possessing Child Pornography

A Miami-Dade County resident was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 300 months for receipt of child pornography.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Alysa D. Erichs, Special Agent in Charge, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI), Neil Melofchik, Acting Special Agent in Charge, United States Secret Service (USSS), Miami Field Office, J.D. Patterson Jr., Director, Miami Dade Police Department (MDPD), and Daniel J. Oates, Chief, Miami Beach Police Department (MBPD).

Juan Roman, 57, of Miami, was sentenced today by United States District Judge James Lawrence King to 300 months in prison, to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release.  Roman was also ordered to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.  Roman previously pled guilty to receiving and possessing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(2) and (a)(4).  

According to court documents and information provided in court, on August 28, 2014, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Roman’s home after receiving information that a computer user at the residence was downloading child pornography.  While executing the search warrant, agents found Roman’s laptop and hard drives.  A forensic examination of the devices revealed that they contained videos and images of child pornography.  According to court records, Roman, a retired officer from the City of Miami Police Department, produced some of the videos depicting the sexual exploitation of minors and also downloaded multiple files of child pornography from the internet.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of ICE-HSI, USSS, MDPD, and MBPD.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Kobrinski.

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

A copy of this press release may be found 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 on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated July 2, 2015