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

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Bronx Woman Sentenced In Manhattan Federal Court To 13 Years In Prison For The Sexual Exploitation Of A Child And Making False Statements

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that INOCENCIA ORTEGA was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to 13 years in prison for conspiring to sexually exploit a child and making false statements related to sex offenses. ORTEGA pled guilty in June 2012. She was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara stated: “Inocencia Ortega facilitated the exploitation of a child, and then compounded her crime by lying to investigators. With her sentence today, this Office continues its work to prosecute and punish child predators and those who enable their heinous crimes.”

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

In July 2011, ORTEGA and her co-defendant, Luciano Mendez-Rojas, engaged in sexually explicit conduct together in their home in the Bronx, New York, while their minor child filmed videos of their conduct at the direction of Mendez-Rojas.

On October 19, 2011, ORTEGA falsely stated to two federal agents that her children never told her that they had seen child pornography downloaded by Mendez-Rojas. However, her minor child had already told ORTEGA that he had seen a video containing child pornography.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Engelmayer sentenced ORTEGA, 36, a citizen of Mexico, to three years of supervised release. She must also register as a sex offender, and was ordered to pay a $200 special assessment.

Mr. Bharara praised the investigative work of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s

(ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the New York City Police Department.

The case is being handled by the Office’s General Crimes Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys Kristy J. Greenberg and Daniel C. Richenthal are in charge of the prosecution.

ICE HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious

activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-347-2423. This hotline is staffed around the clock

by investigators.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.

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Updated May 13, 2015