Marcos Daniel Jiménez, United States Attorney for the Southern Distr…

Marcos Daniel Jiménez, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida;
James Belz, Postal Inspector in Charge, United States Postal Inspection Service;
Jesus Torres, Special Agent in Charge, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE);
and Frances X. Taylor, Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security,
announced today that on April 13, 2004, the Honorable United States District Judge
Cecilia M. Altonaga convicted Angel Rafael Mariscal on all seven counts of a
superseding indictment charging conspiracy to produce child pornography, in
violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2251(d), which carries a ten year minimum mandatory
sentence and a twenty year statutory maximum term of imprisonment; importation of
child pornography into the United States, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2260, which
carries a ten year statutory maximum term of imprisonment; distribution of child
pornography, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2251(c)(1)(A), which carries a twenty year
statutory maximum term of imprisonment; advertising child pornography, in violation
of 18 U.S.C. § 2252A(a)(1), which carries a fifteen year statutory maximum term of
imprisonment; and possession with intent to sell child pornography, in violation of
18 U.S.C. § 2252A(a)(4)(B), which carries a fifteen year statutory maximum term of
imprisonment.

At trial, the government presented evidence that the defendant traveled repeatedly
to Cuba and Ecuador, where he produced and manufactured child pornography. For at
least seven years, the defendant videotaped himself sexually abusing minors, some
under the age of 12.

More than 100 victims were filmed exposing their genitals
and/or engaging in sexual activity with the defendant and at least two adult female
co-conspirators. With the assistance of the Diplomatic Security Service of the
Department of State and the United States Interest Section in Havana, Cuba, the
government was able to identify and obtain birth certificates from Cuban officials
for some of the victims depicted in the videotapes. Co-conspirators were arrested
in both Cuba and Ecuador.

The defendant videotaped the children using a camcorder, imported the camcorder
tapes, and reproduced them onto CD-Roms or VHS tapes in Miami. The defendant
distributed the CD-Roms and VHS tapes throughout the United States by mail or
Federal Express. Mariscal would advertise these items by mail. In 2002, the child
pornography sold for anywhere from $595.00 to $995.00 per item. Customers were
also given the option of writing their own fantasy script.

At trial, evidence waspresented that at least 40 buyers were identified. A former firefighter, who was convicted in the Northern District of Florida for receiving child pornography,
testified that he had purchased over $13,000.00 in child pornography from the
defendant’s operation in one three month period. As a result of the defendant’s
arrest, customers across the country were targeted in a national operation
coordinated by the Postal Inspection Service and United States Department of
Justice, Child Exploitation & Obscenity Section.

At the time of his arrest, the defendant was running his operation out of a hotel
room in Miami Beach. Thousands of images of child pornography contained on
videotapes, CD-Roms, and computer media were seized from the defendant’s hotel room
at the time of the defendant’s arrest.

The defendant, Angel Rafael Mariscal, is an Ecuadorian citizen and was a lawful
permanent resident of the United States who had applied for Naturalization just
prior to his arrest in September of 2002. The Bureau of Immigration & Customs
Enforcement was able to stop the defendant’s naturalization prior to his arrest
based on the investigation.

On April 19, 2002, a Postal Inspector in Michigan executed a federal search warrant
in a residence in search of child pornography. In the residence, law enforcement
discovered an envelope containing child pornography and an order form for CD-ROMS,
videotapes, and photo albums containing child pornography with an address of a
private mail box in Miami. This information was forwarded to the Postal Inspection
Service, Miami Division, and an investigation ensued, which ultimately led to the
arrest of the defendant on September 13, 2002.

Mr. Jiménez commended the investigative efforts of the United States Postal
Inspection Service; the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement; the
Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security; the Head of the Law Enforcement Against
Child Harm (LEACH) Task Force; and the Broward Sheriff’s Office. The case is being
prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Barbara Martinez Wright and David
Szuchman, Department of Justice, Trial Attorney, Child Exploitation and Obscenity
Section.

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