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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Miami Man Sentenced to 78 Months In Prison for Possessing Over 5,000 Images of Child Pornography

A Miami man was sentenced to six and one-half years in prison for maintaining two separate storage units that contained over 5,000 images of child pornography.

Ariana Fajardo Orshan, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, made the announcement. 

Adolfo Zayas-Bazan Albaisa, 56, was sentenced on April 29, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno to serve 78 months in prison.  Judge Moreno also ordered Albaisa to serve 20 years of supervised release following his prison sentence.  Albaisa pled guilty in February 2019 to one count of possession of child pornography.

According to admissions made in connection with his plea and evidence presented at the sentencing hearing, Albaisa had earned a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Harvard University and taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami (1994-2002) and Florida International University (2000-2002).  From 2007 to 2016, Albaisa maintained control of two separate storage units, one located in Miami and the other in Doral.  Albaisa stopped making payments on each storage unit and pursuant to company policy, the storage units were auctioned off to the highest bidder in 2013 and 2016, respectively.  In each instance, the auction winner reviewed the unit’s items and discovered pictures of underage boys engaged in sexual activity.  The FBI submitted the evidence for fingerprint examination and Albaisa’s fingerprints were positively identified on two images of child pornography.  Albaisa also stored additional items in the storage units, such as boy scout paraphernalia, children’s clothing, and photographs of teenagers taken at swimming meets and wrestling matches.  He also kept personal items in the storage units, such as architectural drawings and magazines, his library card to the University of Miami library, family photographs, his resume, and various articles of mail addressed to his home.  In total, Albaisa collected and stored over 5,000 images of child pornography between the two units that he paid for and controlled. 

U.S. Attorney Fajardo Orshan commended the investigatory efforts of the FBI and FBI Miami Child Exploitation Task Force in this matter.  She thanked the Doral Police Department and the City of Miami Police Department for their assistance.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cary O. Aronovitz.

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.

Updated April 30, 2019