Tampa Man Pleads Guilty to Production of Child Pornography on MacDill Air Force Base
TAMPA, FL—United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Erich Clifford Mandell Ramos (27, Tampa) today pleaded guilty to production of child pornography. Mandell Ramos faces a minimum mandatory term of 15 years, up to a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison.
According to the plea agreement, Mandell Ramos sexually abused a minor while visiting a home at MacDill Air Force Base. Mandell Ramos took sexually explicit photographs of the minor victim and instructed her not to tell her mother. He paid the minor approximately $20.00.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stacie B. Harris.
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 the 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.projectsafechildhood.gov.