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Child Exploitation
06/15/2010

ICE nabs Puerto Rico resident for possession of child porn

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - A 55-year-old man was arrested June 14 for possession of child pornography following a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigation.

Secundino De Jesus-Colon was arrested by ICE agents during the execution of a federal search warrant at his residence in the municipality of Cidra.

The search warrant and subsequent arrest of De Jesus-Colon stemmed from an ICE investigation which originated from a referral from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). According to NCMEC, there were approximately 380 files of what appeared to be child pornography uploaded to a Web site by De Jesus-Colon.

"Possessing child pornography is a very serious crime," said Roberto Escobar Vargas, ICE special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Puerto Rico. "Every time someone looks at one of these images, a child is victimized all over again. ICE will continue to work in partnership with other law enforcement agencies to bring those who prey on children to justice. There is no gray area regarding the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and we will continue to take a no tolerance approach towards individuals who exploit children."

This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to identify, investigate and arrest those who prey on children, including human traffickers, international sex tourists, Internet pornographers, and foreign-national predators whose crimes make them deportable. Launched in July 2003, ICE agents have arrested almost 12,000 individuals through Operation Predator.

ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-347-2423. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.

This is case if being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jenifer Hernandez.