Miami-Dade police announced the arrest of ten people with ages that range from 14 years old to 57 years old on child pornography charges. The arrests were made as part of an investigation to fight the distribution and promotion of child pornography on the Internet.
Those arrested are an unnamed 14-year-old minor; Carlos Amasifuen, 18; Dinote Black, 19; Taylor Dansby, 21; James Chatelian, 23; Matthew Grenet, 23; Antonio Byrd, 28; Jorge Gomez-Hernandez, 33; Yenray Pereira, 37; and James Abravaya, 57.
The charges include lewd and lascivious battery on a child, promotion of sexual performance by a child, possession of child pornography, distribution of obscene materials, and transmission of materials harmful to minors. The press did not name attorneys for any of the ten defendants.
According to the police report, a preliminary forensic examination of electronic devices revealed over 100,000 images and videos of child pornography involving victims as young as three months old. Police pointed out that there’s a victim behind every picture or video.
“… because it’s only pictures, they figure there’s no victims here,” Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta told the press. “All they’re doing is watching pictures and videos. Well, those pictures had to come from somewhere, and at one point there was a victim or there is a victim.”
The arrests were made after a six-month investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, Miami-Dade Police Department Special Victims Bureau, together with Homeland Security, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, and the City of Miami Police Department. Investigators have served several search warrants, preservation letters, and subpoenas over the course of the investigation.
“Individuals who are looking at child pornography of a three to nine-month-old baby, with explicit acts, sexual acts to a nine-month-old? A three-month-old? That’s something that’s repulsive. That’s something we can’t tolerate. We definitely need to put a stop to this,” said the police detective.
Possession of child pornography is a third-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison for each count. Sharing child pornography is even more serious as a second-degree felony with more severe penalties. Production of child pornography carries the most severe penalties as a first-degree felony and is punishable by up to 30 years in prison for each count.
Sex crimes involving minors carry life-changing consequences. In addition to long jail sentences and hefty fines, a conviction also requires mandatory lifetime registration in the national sex offender registry. Anyone charged with or involved in a sex crime should hire an experienced attorney to help them navigate through the criminal justice system and obtain the best possible outcome.
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