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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 3, 2021

Brazilian National Sentenced to 60 Years in Prison for Sexual Exploitation of a Child

AUSTIN – A Brazilian national was sentenced today to 60 years in prison for sexual exploitation of a child, followed by 10 years of supervised release. Defendant was also ordered to pay restitution to his victims.

According to court documents, Luann Fabric Campos Leao Hida, aka “Luann Hida,” “Luann Leao,” and “LOTR,” 27, enticed minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct and produced visual depictions of the conduct.  Hida would furnish alcohol and e-cigarettes to minors.  In addition, he would give money and vaping materials to the minors in exchange for sexual favors.

On August 26, 2021, Hida pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a child and one count of distribution of child pornography.

Hida has remained in federal custody since his arrest on July 1, 2019.

“This is one of the most heinous child sexual crimes we have seen in our community and the Court recognized this with its sentence,” said U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff.  “Child sexual predators cause incalculable and long-lasting damage to our communities, the individual victims, and the families of the victims and we will continue to prosecute these cases aggressively to bring justice for the victims and protect our communities.”

“This case is particularly egregious, as it involved 20 child victims over the course of four years,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs. “The FBI and our law enforcement partners are committed to protecting our community's vulnerable children and holding accountable those who would harm them.”

The FBI investigated the case in conjunction with the U.S. Secret Service, Hays County Sheriff’s Office, Lakeway Police Department, Travis County Sheriff’s Office, Bee Cave Police Department, and Austin Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys G. Karthik Srinivasan and Keith M. Henneke prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, 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.justice.gov/psc.

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Updated December 3, 2021