School Occupational Therapist Charged With Sexual Exploitation Of A Child And Receipt And Distribution Of Child Pornography
Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, James P. O’Neill, the Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”), and Ashan M. Benedict, the Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (“ATF”), announced today the filing of a criminal complaint charging JORDANY FRIAS-ROSARIO, a/k/a “Julio,” and PEDRO CASTILLO, a/k/a “Juan Antonio Frias,” with robbery, kidnapping, and use of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence. As alleged, FRIAS-ROSARIO and CASTILLO committed a home invasion robbery in the Bronx on March 30, 2017, and forcefully tied up two victims, including a 7-year-old boy with autism. FRIAS-ROSARIO was arrested in Utica, New York, this morning and will be presented this afternoon before the Honorable Thérèse Wiley Dancks. CASTILLO is still at large, and the general public is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (800-577-8477) with any information on CASTILLO’s whereabouts.
Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said: “The defendants are charged with a callous crime of violence. They allegedly terrorized two people at gunpoint during a home invasion robbery, tying up a 7-year-old autistic child and pistol-whipping an adult. We commend our partners at the ATF and NYPD for the exemplary work that led to the charges today.”
ATF SAC Ashan M. Benedict said: “The defendants are alleged to have brazenly and viciously committed a gunpoint home invasion, during which one victim was tied up and violently assaulted in the presence of the second victim, an autistic child, who was also tied up. Such acts of violence and depravity will not be tolerated, and the defendants will now face justice for their actions. I would like to express my gratitude to the ATF Special Agents and NYPD Detectives assigned to the ATF SPARTA Task Force for their hard work throughout this investigation, and the many others in which they are successfully targeting armed robbers for arrest and prosecution. I would also like to thank the United States Attorney’s Office for their continued partnership and dedication in pursuing the prosecution of violent offenders.”
According to the Complaint filed in Manhattan federal court:
On March 30, 2017, JORDANY FRIAS-ROSARIO, a/k/a “Julio,” and PEDRO CASTILLO, a/k/a “Juan Antonio Frias,” committed a home invasion robbery in the Bronx, New York (the “Robbery”). During the course of the Robbery, FRIAS-ROSARIO and CASTILLO brandished a firearm and forcefully tied up two victims (“Victim-1” and “Victim-2”). Victim-1, a 66-year-old man, was pistol whipped, leaving a deep gash over his left ear. Victim-2, a 7-year-old boy with autism, was also tied up during the course of the Robbery.
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FRIAS-ROSARIO, 24, of the Bronx, was arrested this morning. CASTILLO, 56, also of the Bronx, is still at large and the general public is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers with any information on CASTILLO’s whereabouts. FRIAS-ROSARIO and CASTILLO are each charged with robbery, kidnapping, and using a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence; the charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. The maximum potential sentence in this case is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendants will be determined by the judge.
Mr. Kim praised the efforts of the NYPD and ATF in this investigation, specifically the Bronx Robbery Squad and the Joint Robbery Task Force.
This case is being handled by the Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys Jacob Warren and Michael Longyear are in charge of the prosecution.
The charges contained in the Complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
 As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Complaint and the description of the Complaint forth herein constitute only allegations, and every fact described should be treated as an allegation.
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