Florida Sex Crimes Attorney :: Ex-ICE Chief Receives 70 Months in Prison in Child Pornography Case

A former chief of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Miami has been sentenced to 70 months in prison on a federal child porn charge.

Anthony Mangione, 50, pleaded guilty in July to using his personal computer to transmit and receive images of minors engaged in sexual activity.

He faced a minimum of five years.

Mangione ran ICE’s South Florida operations from 2007 to 2011. His job included conducting numerous child porn investigations. He retired from his position a few months after investigators searched his home and computers in April 2011.

According to reports, Mangione apparently told U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra he began having problems with prescription pills and alcohol about three years ago.

Prosecutors urged Marra to sentence Mangione to 87 months in prison.

There is a lot at stake when you are facing child pornography charges. Due to the highly sensitive nature of sex offenses, these cases usually generate media attention which can result in numerous social repercussions, such as damaged personal relationships and trouble gaining employment. A Florida Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can help you fight the state or federal criminal charges against you. These cases are not always simple and are usually multifaceted. Sometimes an individual accused of receiving child porn may have unintentionally downloaded images that he or she thought were adults, when in fact the images featured minors. In other cases, the suspect may have unknowingly installed a computer program that may have downloaded images or videos of children under the age of 18 engaged in sexually explicit conduct without his or her knowledge.

Child porn charges are prosecuted quite aggressively in the state of Florida. A conviction tends to carry severe penalties, including lengthy prison time, hefty fines, registration as a sex offender, parole and probation. Because every individual image can be charged as a separate offense, the penalties of a conviction can be excessive.

Carrying the label of a person convicted of child pornography can affect you for the rest of your life. Despite the severity of the charges against you, the best thing you can do to protect your rights and future is to work with a Florida Child Pornography Distribution & Transmission Defense Attorney at Whittel & Melton. As former prosecutors, we are familiar with how both sides of a criminal charge work, which is why we can mount an effective defense strategy against child pornography charges. If you or someone you love has been charged with distributing, transmitting or possessing child pornography, contact us today online or call us statewide and toll-free at 866-608-5529.