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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Virgin Islands

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

St. Croix Man Arrested On Child Pornography Charges For Firearm Possession

 

St. Croix, USVI – A federal grand jury on Tuesday returned a four-count indictment against Nicholas Mena, 34, of St. Croix, charging him with two counts of production of child pornography, one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced. Mena was arrested on a criminal complaint on April 10, 2015 and has been detained pending trial. His arraignment is scheduled for June 4, 2015.

If convicted of production of child pornography, Mena faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 30 years, plus a $250,000 fine. If convicted of receipt of child pornography, Mena faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of 20 years, plus a $250,000 fine. If convicted of possession of child pornography, Mena faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

United States Attorney Sharpe reminds the public that an indictment is merely a formal charging document and is not evidence of guilt. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty.

The indictment is the result of investigative work by the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rami. S. Badawy.

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Updated June 23, 2015