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Child Exploitation

Defendant pleads guilty to sexually exploiting a 6 year-old boy

GREENBELT, Md. - Maynor Quintanilla-Leon, 25, formerly of Hyattsville, Md., pleaded guilty today to sexually exploiting a minor to produce child pornography.

The guilty plea was announced by U. S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Investigations in Baltimore; Chief Roberto L. Hylton of the Prince George's County Police Department; and Prince George's County State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey.

Chief Hylton stated, "Our relationship with the U.S. Attorney's Office benefits the residents of Prince George's County because it gives us an alternate avenue of prosecution for serious crimes. Mr. Quintanilla-Leon's despicable acts committed on a six year old boy cry out for a long period of incarceration."

According to the plea agreement, on July 8, 2009, Prince George's County Police officers were informed that an individual had discovered a VCR and videotape in a dumpster that depicted an adult male sexually abusing a male child. Officers obtained and reviewed the tape, which portrayed sadistic or masochistic conduct, or other depictions of violence. The tape lasts 47 minutes and 37 seconds. During the video, the child refers to his assailant as "Maynor."

On July 11, 2009, an individual spotted the man from the videotape in Hyattsville and contacted police. Police officers arrived and identified the man present at the location and in the videotape as Quintanilla-Leon.

By investigating all prior addresses of Quintanilla-Leon, police identified the child in the video, a six-year-old boy. Quintanilla-Leon had previously rented a room in the home where the child lived. The child was interviewed and told police that Quintanilla-Leon abused him 20 times.

Quintanilla-Leon was arrested in Texas on July 29, 2009, and returned to Maryland. Quintanilla-Leon admitted to sexually abusing the child two times and throwing away the videotape in a dumpster.

Quintanilla-Leon faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, followed by supervised release up to life.

Quintanilla-Leon is detained and U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus has scheduled sentencing for Sept. 22, 2010, at 11 a.m. Quintanilla-Leon is an illegal alien, and as part of his plea agreement has consented to deportation after he has completed his sentence.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov. Details about Maryland's program are available at http://www.justice.gov/usao/md/Safe-Childhood/index.html.

U. S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Stacy Dawson Belf and James A. Crowell, who are prosecuting the case, and Prince George's County Assistant State's Attorney Donine Carrington, who assisted in the prosecution.