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Middle District of Florida
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June 16, 2015

Convicted Sex Offender Sentenced to 25 Years for Receipt of Child Pornography

ORLANDO, FL—U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. has sentenced Ismael Rivera (29, Orlando) to 25 years in federal prison for receiving child pornography. He was also found guilty of violating the conditions of his supervised release, for which he was sentenced to serve an additional two consecutive years in prison. The Court ordered Rivera to serve a life time of supervision following his release from prison, and to forfeit the electronic device that he had used to commit the crime. Rivera pleaded guilty on March 26, 2015.

According to court documents, Rivera was convicted of receipt of child pornography on July 16, 2008, and was sentenced to seven years in federal prison. He was released on May 14, 2014, and began serving his term of supervised release. Three months later, Rivera obtained a smartphone and began downloading child pornography from the Internet. Federal agents executed a search warrant at Rivera’s home and found 22 videos depicting the sexual abuse of girls under the age of six on his smartphone.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Karen L. Gable.

It is another case brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

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