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Child Exploitation
11/09/2011

Puerto Rican man found guilty of production of child porn charges

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A San Juan resident was found guilty in federal court Tuesday of production of child pornography following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

According to the indictment, from May through June 2010, Zairo Ramos, 29, induced a female minor, identified by the initials "KMV," to engage in sexually explicit conduct, namely the lascivious exhibition of the genital areas and performance of sexual acts, for the purpose of producing still and video images using a digital camera and video camera, both of which had been mailed, shipped and transported in interstate or foreign commerce.

The other four defendants in this case: Rey Vilanova-Delgado, Felix Rodriguez-Acevedo, Felix Javier Gonzalez-Morales and Roberto Encarnacion-Ruiz have pleaded guilty.

This case is part of Operation Predator, an ICE-led initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders and child sex traffickers. Individuals with information about suspected child predators are encouraged to call 1-866-DHS-2ICE. For more information, visit www.ice.gov.

ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE or its online tip form. Both are staffed around-the-clock by investigators.

If convicted, Zairo Ramos faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a possible maximum sentence of 30 years.