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Victoriano Enrique Larios, 30, was flown to El Salvador Aug. 27 onboard a charter flight coordinated by ICE’s Air Operations (IAO) Unit. Upon arrival, Larios was turned over to officials from the El Salvador’s Policia Nacional Civil (PNC).
Robert Ferraro, 45, previously pleaded guilty in May 2015 to using and persuading a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing images. Between August 2013 and January 2015 Ferraro admitted to sexually abusing a 6-year-old child, videotaping the abuse, and uploading the video to the internet.
Marseno Augusto Martins, 51, and Evandro Sergio Pais-Franca, 57, were turned over to Brazilian law enforcement authorities upon their respective arrivals at Belo Horizonte Airport in Brazil on Aug. 17 and 18.
The training, which was funded by Department of State's Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) program, included officials from Brazil's Federal Police, Attorney General's Office, Customs and Tax Authority, the Federal Highway Police, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Science and Technology.
At trial, the government presented evidence that, on three occasions in September, October and November 2013, Charles Heath Stewart, 42, of Grand Ridge, knowingly enticed a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction. Additionally, evidence presented at trial showed that Stewart knowingly possessed pornographic images of children.
The naturalization indictment alleges that in November 2011, Herdeypal Singh Bhatti, 41, of Pensacola, knowingly and falsely indicated on his naturalization application that he never failed to file a required federal income tax return and that he did not owe overdue federal taxes.
Katherine Giselle Ortiz Gutierrez, 18, was flown to El Salvador Aug. 21 onboard a charter flight coordinated by ICE’s Air Operations (IAO) Unit. Upon arrival, Ortiz Gutierrez was turned over to officials from the El Salvador’s Policia Nacional Civil (PNC).
Arizona resident, Melek Ackay Portillo, 52, who owns Angelica's Record Distributors, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul D. Stickney to two counts of copyright infringement, stipulating that she willfully reproduced or distributed numerous copyrighted sound recordings on CDs without authorization from the copyright holders.
According to court records, Alain Rene Leichtnam, 71, was arrested April 29 when CBP and Coast Guard assets intercepted a sailing vessel heading toward Coral Bay in St. John, Virgin Islands. Leichtnam admitted that he transported the Cuban nationals to the United States for financial gain knowing that such conduct was illegal.
According to documents filed in this case, beginning in March 2014 and continuing to about mid-December 2014, Jose Angel Zapata, 24, of San Angelo, Texas, engaged in a relationship with “Jane Doe 2.” He used Facebook chat, in which he knowingly attempted to persuade, induce and entice Jane Doe 2 to have sex with him.
Homero Gonzalez-Carranza, 30, citizen of Mexico, who resided in Houston, was sentenced to 151 months in prison. Eduardo Luis Pompa, 26, also of Houston, was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison. Co-conspirator Lisa Quintanilla, 46, of Premont, Texas, who had previously pleaded guilty for her role in the human smuggling operation, was sentenced Aug. 20 to 34 months in federal prison.
Oleksandr Nikolayevich Druzenko, aka “Alex,” 35, a Jefferson City resident, pleaded guilty Aug. 20 to conspiracy to commit marriage fraud. Co-defendant Patricia Anne Ewalt, 63, of El Paso, Texas, pleaded guilty to the same charge Aug. 5.