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Child Exploitation

Massachusetts man sentenced in Maine for exploitation of minors

PORTLAND, Maine - A local federal judge sentenced a Massachusetts man to more than four years in prison following his conviction for possessing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II of the District of Maine. This case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Ruben R. Colon, 56, most recently of Roslindale, Mass., was sentenced to 50 months in prison and five years of supervised release. According to court records, computer technicians discovered child pornography on Colon's computer when his wife brought it into the shop for servicing. Investigators conducted a forensic analysis of that computer, a loose hard drive digital storage device, and of Colon's work computer. They discovered a large collection of images of child pornography, including images of known minors and images of violence and bondage.

"Today's sentencing of Mr. Colon should put all types of child predators on notice that serious consequences await those who perpetrate crimes against our children," said Bruce M. Foucart, special agent in charge of ICE HSI in Boston. Foucart oversees ICE HSI throughout New England. "ICE HSI and our law enforcement partners are committed to dedicating investigative resources to deter this type of illegal activity. We will continue to seek out and bring to justice those who mistakenly believe the Internet shields them from detection."

In pronouncing the sentence, U.S. District Judge George Z. Singal stated that he had read the impact statements of the victim children depicted in the images and that it was hard to imagine worse treatment than a 12-year-old being brutalized by their parent, having that brutalization photographed and broadcast around the world. Judge Singal observed that possessors of child pornography create a demand and a market for its creation.

U.S. Attorney Delahanty stated that successful prosecution of these cases is only possible through the cooperative investigative work of multiple investigative agencies. This case was investigated by ICE HSI, the Maine Computer Crimes Task Force and the Sanford Police Department.

This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide 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 and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.