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Child Exploitation
03/01/2011

Puerto Rican man sentenced to 25 years in prison for production of child porn

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Joseph Acevedo-Maldonado, 48, of Utuado, Puerto Rico, was sentenced on Feb. 20 to 25 years in prison and 20 years of supervised release for production of child pornography, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

ICE HSI agents arrested Acevedo-Maldonado and his wife, Jennise Lopez-Correa, on July 13, 2009 after a federal grand jury returned an indictment on July 9, 2009 charging the couple with production of child pornography. The couple had been previously arrested by the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) for the sexual assault of a female minor.

The ICE HSI investigation revealed that Acevedo-Maldonado's computer contained videos involving minors engaging in sexual acts with him in the presence Lopez-Correa. The investigation further revealed that the videos were produced with the assistance of Lopez-Correa.

On Jan. 22, 2010, Lopez-Correa pleaded guilty to all counts of the indictment and was sentenced to time served and 30 years of supervised release.

Acevedo-Maldonado was found guilty on July 8, 2010 by a jury in U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico before Federal Judge Gustavo A. Gelpi.

This case was investigated under Operation Predator, an ICE 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.

ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators by calling at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. For more information, visit www.ice.gov.