BROOKYLN, N.Y. - Michelangelo Pinzon, 34, plead guilty to taking pictures of himself engaging in sexual activities with young girls while in Colombia on January 6. He was sentenced to 264 months in prison for his role in producing images of child pornography by U. S. District Judge Carol B. Amon on March 26.
In December 2006, ICE agents executed a search warrant at his place of business in Queens, N.Y., after he accepted a package containing heroin. The search revealed images of child pornography and resulted in seizure of Pinzon's laptop.
A search of his computer revealed images of him engaging in explicit sexual activity with 13- to15-year-old victims, and it was determined that the images were taken by the defendant on a prior trip to Colombia.
Pinzon was arrested for possession of narcotics, subsequently released on bail, ordered to return to court, surrender his passport and be fitted for electronic monitoring. He fled to Colombia and was arrested through the assistance of the Columbian National Police in Medellin, Colombia, and later extradited to the United States.
"This sentencing ensures that narcotics trafficker and sexual predator Michelangelo Pinzon can no longer threaten American communities. This case is a prime example of how U.S. law enforcement agencies are partnering with law enforcement around the world to identify and bring to justice individuals like Pinzon who endanger our shared public safety," says ICE Special Agent in Charge in New York James T. Hayes, Jr.
"U.S. citizens who sexually exploit children will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, whether their victims are in the United States or abroad," stated U. S. Attorney Campbell.
Mr. Campbell expressed his grateful appreciation to ICE Offices in New York and Bogota, Colombia, for their unwavering efforts to investigate and prosecute this case, and to the Colombian National Police for their assistance in apprehending Pinzon.
The government's case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Andrea Goldbarg.