On April 2, 2015, with the assistance of Federal agents, the victim conducted several consensually monitored telephone calls with Lebrón-Càceres, during which the defendant suggested that they meet at a motel where they could have sex in exchange for which he would purportedly delete or return to the victim the sexually explicit images she had sent him.
The adult victim filed a complaint with the local authorities, who in turn asked for assistance from the ICE-HSI Human Exploitation Group.
All defendants are facing a Forfeiture Allegation, which includes all materials or property used, or intended to be used in the possession of child pornography, such as computers, cellular phones, external hard drives and memory sticks.
If found guilty, the defendants face potential sentences of up to 20 years in prison for possession of child pornography, a mandatory minimum of 5 years up to a maximum of 20 years for receipt and distribution of child pornography, and mandatory minimum of 15 years up to a statutory maximum of 30 years for advertising child pornography.“These defendants, who advertise, participate, distribute or exploit children to access child pornography work hard to evade law enforcement and disguise what they are doing,” said United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez.
The results were sharply disruptive, according to a 1992 National Bureau of Economic Research analysis.
They included “substantially reduced employment on the island” and mass migration of suddenly unemployable lower-skilled workers to the US mainland.