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September 19, 2014

Tampa Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Producing Child Pornography on MacDill Air Force Base

TAMPA, FL—U.S. District Judge Richard A. Lazzara sentenced Erich Clifford Mandell Ramos (27, Tampa) today to 30 years in federal prison for production of child pornography. The Court also ordered him to serve a lifetime of supervision and to register as a sex offender following his release from prison. He pleaded guilty on June 20, 2014.

According to court documents, Mandell Ramos sexually abused a minor while visiting a home at MacDill Air Force Base. He took sexually explicit photographs of the minor victim and instructed her not to tell her mother. Mandell Ramos paid the minor approximately $20.00. At the time of the offense, the victim was less than 12 years old.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stacie B. Harris.

This case was 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.

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