Former South Florida ICE chief pleads guilty to child porn – Keeping Kids Safe Online

What happens when the person protecting our children becomes the predator?

The former leader of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in South Florida  who once spearheaded the efforts to fight against child pornography faces a mandatory five years in prison and up to 20 years behind bars for transmitting sexually explicit images of children.

On July 20, 2012 Anthony V. Mangione, 51 pleaded guilty to to a child pornography charge.  The 27-year law enforcement veteran, transmitted at least 15 images of children between the ages of 3 and 15 years old with their genitals exposed.  Federal prosecutors said Mangione e-mailed someone in Delaware more than 10 images of boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 15 years old with their genitals exposed.

Mangione’s was caught the same way he brought down other defendants:  an Internet provider flagged files being sent from Mangione’s email account and alerted authorities.

According to Broward Sheriff’s Office search warrants, Magione’s suspicious Internet activity dated back to 2003 with him using different AOL email addresses in recent years, including BookStoreMomNC, thismomspanks33 and PastorRobertM.

Mangione, who had been out on bond, was taken into custody after his plea and had no visible supporters in the court room.  He answered U.S. Magistrate Judge James Hopkins’ questions in a calm, steady voice and was handcuffed by two U.S. Marshals.

Mangione, who headed ICE’s regional office for four years, was placed on administrative leave in 2011 and subsequently retired when the Broward Sheriff’s Office and FBI issued search warrants at his  home and at the ICE office in western Miami-Dade County, seizing his computer.  A federal grand jury indicted him on three federal charges alleging he possessed, received and transported child pornography.

Following his arrest Mangione spent three weeks in jail without bond, until he was granted a $75,000 bond with requirements that he wear an electronic ankle monitor and have no contact with children.  If he had not taken the plea deal, he could have received a 50-year prison sentence if convicted.

Parents:  This is yet another wake up call that we must remain relentless when it comes to keeping our children safe online.  Although they mean well, I’m not leaving my child’s safety soley up to the government or some other watch group.  Just call me “Public Enemy #1 – when it comes to keeping my child and your child safe online.  Are you in?

**Photo Source: CBS4

 

 

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