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Former Miami ICE chief sentenced on child porn charges

Anthony Mangione

A former special agent in charge of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in Miami, FL, will serve almost six years in prison for transporting child pornography.

Anthony Mangione, 52, of Parkland, FL, was sentenced to 70 months in prison by a federal judge on Nov. 9, said the Department of Justice. In addition to the prison term, he was sentenced to 20 years of supervised release.

Mangione, who oversaw hundreds of ICE employees in his years as an ICE supervisor in South Florida between 2007 and 2011, pleaded guilty in a federal court in south Florida last July to one count of transportation of child pornography.  He was indicted on Sept. 27, 2011 by a grand jury in Fort Lauderdale.

According to court documents, between March 2010 and September 2010, Mangione used a computer and other means to transport visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.  Specifically, according to court documents, Mangione established several AOL email accounts to transport numerous images of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, including transmitting several images to an individual in Delaware.

During the period of time in which he transported child pornography, Mangione served as the special agent in charge for the ICE Miami Office, said the documents.  ICE placed Mangione was placed on administrative leave in April 2011 and he had since retired, said the DoJ.  

The case was brought as part of the DoJ’s “Project Safe Childhood,” a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 to combat the growing epidemic of child exploitation and abuse.  Led by U.S. Attorneys’ offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute those who exploit children, as well as to identify and rescue victims.