Child Porn and Predators

A Florida man was sentenced to 10 years in prison on child pornography charges that stemmed from his run-in with border agents in Windsor.

Enrique Devarona, 21, of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., was detained by customs agents on Christmas Day at the Ambassador Bridge while en route to a hookup with a 16-year-old girl he met on the Internet.

Agents found children’s toys, women’s lingerie and child pornography on a laptop computer in Devarona’s car. The images included hardcore pictures of naked men engaged in sexual acts with children as young as a year old.

When he was caught, Devarona was travelling to Tillsonburg where he was meeting a 16-year-old girl from St. Catharines, according to testimony in a Windsor court.

After pleading guilty in Windsor to importing child pornography into Canada, he was sentenced to 61/2 months in jail in late March.

The Canadian case prompted U.S. authorities to start an investigation, said Ivan Ortiz, spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. U.S. officials searched Devarona’s home in Santa Rosa Beach.

“We could not have done this without the Canadian Border Services Agency and the Windsor police department,” Ortiz said. “They played a significant role.”

Devarona was deported to the U.S. upon his release from Windsor Jail. He was sent to federal court in the Northern District of Florida in Pensacola to face charges of possession of child pornography and transporting and shipping child pornography across state lines.

Devarona pleaded guilty in May and was sentenced Sept. 26 to 10 years in prison and a $1,000 fine. After his release from prison, Devarona will have to serve 10 years on mandatory supervision. He will be listed as a sex offender in Canada and the U.S.

Windsor Star

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