Arrest of Jose E. Saldana Perez for Transportation of a Minor to Engage in Criminal Sexual Activity
SAN JUAN, PR—Special Agent in Charge Douglas A. Leff, of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) San Juan Field Office, announced the arrest of Jose Enrique Saldana Perez.
A criminal complaint issued on March 19, 2019, charged Saldana Perez with “Transportation of a Minor to Engage in Criminal Sexual Activity” in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2423(a). Saldana Perez was arrested at his residence in Naguabo, Puerto Rico, by agents of the FBI East Resident Agency with the assistance of the Humacao Sex Crimes Unit of the Police of Puerto Rico. If convicted Saldana Perez could be imprisoned not less than 10 years up to life. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) Ginette Milanes and investigated by the FBI.
The FBI San Juan Child Exploitation Human Trafficking Task Force and the HSI-ICE Puerto Rico Crimes Against Children Task Force are actively investigating all cases involving crimes against children in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Public tips and information assist the FBI and its federal, state, and local law enforcement partners. Citizens with information on crimes against children or other federal crimes are asked to contact the FBI San Juan Field Office at 787-754-6000, or to submit tips through the FBI’s tip line available on our website at Tips.FBI.Gov. Tipsters can remain anonymous.
The public is reminded a criminal complaint contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty. The U.S. government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.