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June 19, 2015

Federal Authorities Arrest Four Individuals for Possession of Child Pornography

SAN JUAN, PR—Yesterday, a federal grand jury indicted four individuals in four separate indictments for possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez.

The first indictment alleges that, in or about the month of November 2013, William Camacho-Ríos, from San Juan, did knowingly possess materials which contained an image of child pornography, as defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 2256(8)(A). Camacho-Ríos, did knowingly possess in his Acer laptop computer and a red thumb drive, which were not manufactured in Puerto Rico and which had been transported in interstate and foreign commerce, at least 44 images and 39 videos depicting actual minors, including prepubescent minors, engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

The second indictment alleges that, on or about April 15, 2015, Luis Caraballo, from Carolina, did knowingly possess in his Hewlett Packard laptop computer, which was not manufactured in Puerto Rico and which had been transported in interstate and foreign commerce, at least 15 images and 120 videos depicting actual minors, including prepubescent minors, engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

The third indictment alleges that, on or about June 10, 2015, Carlos Colón-Rivera, from Toa Baja, did knowingly possess in his Western Digital hard drive, which was not manufactured in Puerto Rico and which had been transported in interstate and foreign commerce, at least 200 gigabytes of images and videos depicting actual minors, including prepubescent minors, engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

The fourth indictment alleges that, on or about November 12, 2014, Donato Ruiz-Rivera, from Quebradillas, did knowingly possess in his Gateway laptop computer and his Western Digital 320 gigabyte hard drive, which were not manufactured in Puerto Rico and which had been transported in interstate and foreign commerce, at least eighty-four (84) videos depicting actual minors, including prepubescent minors, engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

“People need to understand that the minors depicted in those images and videos are re-victimized every time someone downloads and/or watches them,” said United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico will continue to investigate and prosecute sexual predators who possess child pornography, in order to protect the vulnerable victims of these crimes, our children.”

“The FBI is committed in detecting, investigating and criminally processing these sexual deviants who rob our children of their innocence,” said Carlos Cases, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI, San Juan Field Office.

The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ginette Milanes. If convicted, the defendants face a mandatory minimum sentence of incarceration of ten years.

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.projectsafechildhood.gov.

An indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. Defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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